F-1 OPT Session International Student and Scholar Services Vanderbilt University OPT (Optional Practical Training) What is OPT? Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students for employment directly related to the major area of study .
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International Student and Scholar Services
What is OPT?
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students for employment directly related to the major area of study.
The Standard 12 month OPT period can be divided into 2 types, Pre-Completion and Post-Completion.
To be eligible for Standard OPT you must:
In all circumstances of employment you must:
OPT Employer Information Form
You can apply up to 90 days prior to degree completion, and within the 60 day grace period following degree completion.
While you are on OPT you are still considered an F-1 Vanderbilt student.
Therefore you must:
Within 60 days after completing OPT, you must do one of the following:
H-1B cap-gap extension of D/S and work authorization until October 1.
Duration of status and work authorization will be extended for a student on OPT, who is the beneficiary of a timely filed H-1B petition requesting an employment start date of October 1 of the following fiscal year. The extension of duration of status and work authorization would automatically terminate upon the rejection, denial, or revocation of the H-1B petition filed on the student's behalf.
ISSS advises students regarding F-1 and visa matters including processing for the cap-gap extension.
You will need to consult your current employer or an Immigration Attorney regarding H-1B matters.
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