- What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of employment authorization for F-1 students. It is an opportunity to pursue a 12-month period of work experience in your major field of study. The authorization can be used for a paid position located on-campus or off-campus, both before (Pre-Completion OPT) or after completion of course requirements (Post-Completion OPT).
See ISPO's website for more information about OPT and how to apply for this opportunity.
- How long does it take for an OPT to be processed?
Once an OPT iPortal request is submitted, it will get routed to the ECE Department for review. It takes 3-5 business days for the department to process your iPortal request. After it is approved, it will be routed to ISPO for further review and your new I-20 will be issued.
See ISPO's OPT I-20 request guidelines for more information on how to submit an OPT iPortal Request.