OPT WORKSHOP. International Office Texas State University . What is OPT?. Optical Practical Training- F1 students are entitled to 12 months of work in a position related to their major. EAD=Employment Authorization Document. Qualifications.
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International Office Texas State University
Optical Practical Training- F1 students are entitled to 12 months of work in a position related to their major.
EAD=Employment Authorization Document
Student must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a DHS-approved school for one full academic year before being eligible for OPT.
Student must have maintained lawful F1 status.
Standard OPT is available for a cumulative maximum of 12 months per educational level.
A one-time extension of 17 months (for a total of 29 months) is available to certain STEM degree recipients.
No offer of employment is required to apply for standard OPT, but the student is expected to work during the OPT EAD validity period. Students on post-completion OPT are limited to a maximum of 90 days of unemployment.
Must be directly related to the student's course of study.
#1: Name: Make sure it matches all your documents.
#3: Leave this blank and we will put a label with the International Office Address
#10, #12 & 13: You can find the information on your I-94.
#11: Only “yes” if you have had a EAD card before.
#16: Make sure you use the right code – it is in the OPT handout. (Post Completion=(c) (3) (B)
#17: Only for OPT Extensions.
Place none OR N/A in any categories that you leave blank
14 Months to Complete OPT
12 months of OPT
Even if you do not receive your OPT card until more than 60 days after your completion, you may not continue your 12 months of OPT more than 14 months after completion
OPT can start immediately after graduation or up to 59 days after.
The IO does not recommend travel during OPT.
Can I reenter if my request for OPT is pending?
Can I reenter if I left while on OPT?
(Volunteering) & Unpaid employment
A STEM extension is applied for with the same application, I-765 and also includes a $380 fee.
You must have graduated with a STEM degree
Your employer must be E-verified
You must apply before your current OPT expires.
NOTE: Pre-completion OPT is subtracted from the 12 months available to you.
• Full Time: During the summer break and at other times when school is not in session if the student is currently enrolled and eligible, and intends to register for the next class session.
• Part Time: While school is in session and the student still has coursework to complete, not to exceed 20 hours per week. (OPT done part-time is subtracted from the 12 months at a rate of 50%.) Student must maintain a full course of study during the period of part‐time OPT employment.
If you use your OPT authorization in this manner, you will have to submit another OPT application (including application fee) when you apply for the remainder of your OPT, even though you are at the same program level.