OPT (Optional Practical Training)
OPT must relate to your major or course of study.
You can apply for 12 months of OPT at each education level (i.e., you may have 12 months of OPT at the bachelor’s level and another 12 months of OPT at the master’s level).
Your DSO will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows the DSO recommendation for this employment.
You must apply for work authorization by electronically filing a Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization,” with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and paying a filing fee. USCIS will send you a Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” (EAD) upon approving your Form I-765.
Wait to start work until after you receive your EAD.
While school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week.
University Regulations pertaining to OPT
- The job position must be related to the applicant’s major or the course of study.
- Student may apply up to 90 days prior or up to 60 days after the graduation
- Student must complete all degree requirements, including courseworks, before post-completion OPT begins.
- After new I-20 for OPT is issued, student submit OPT application to USCIS within one month.
- Upon receiving your EAD, send a copy of EAD to WUV International Student Advisor.
- Students on post-completion OPT are limited to a maximum of 90 days of unemployment.
- While on OPT, student must notify the school within 10 days of any changes.