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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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OPT is temporary employment authorization that permits full time F-1 students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience.

OPT status is initially granted in 12 month increments for each higher degree (i.e. Bachelor to Masters, Masters to PhD).   A one-time 17-month extension may be granted to students  in STEM Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) who will be employed by an E-Verify employer.

For additional information, contact Tess Casler in the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at 315-268-7970.