If you are an F-1 visa holder or applicant and wish to complete practical training in the United States in a field relevant to your studies, you will need to apply for an OPT employment authorization. The OPT provides an F-1 visa holder temporary employment authorization in the USA for a period of up to 12 months.
The OPT consists of separate categories. If your situation fits either of the consequent categories, this would support your eligibility for the OPT.
In this category, an F-1 visa holder is eligible for an OPT prior to graduation if:
In this category, an F-1 visa holder is eligible for an OPT post graduation if:
To be eligible for the OPT there are specific requirements which an applicant must fulfill in order to qualify for this authorization. These requirements are the following:
What are the benefits of completing an OPT?
Restrictions of the OPT to be aware of:
How to apply for an OPT:
DSO is the abbreviation used for the Designated School Official. This official is responsible for submitting your official recommendation for the OPT to SEVIS.
EAD is the abbreviation for Employment Authorization Document, which is the official document all nonimmigrants and temporary workers will be required to obtain from the USCIS. This document states your permission to work in the United States.
The Form I-20 is the official Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
The Form I-765 is the official Application and Document for Employment Authorization.
The Form I-766 is the official Employment Authorization Document, which is presented in card format. This is sometimes referred to as the EAD.
OPT stands for Optional Practical Training. This is a program which grants temporary employment authorization for nonimmigrants residing in the USA under the F-1 visa.
SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is the official government database for all students and exchange visitors. This system maintains records of all nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their studies and training, while in the USA. All official information regarding your program is registered in this system by your academic institution.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is the official branch of the U.S. Government which handles the processing of matters related to immigration and various non-immigrant permits.
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