F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization available to F-1 international students who have been full time students for at least two consecutive semesters and who plan to seek employment in the U.S. in their fields of study.

Extensions of OPT

H-1B Visa and Cap Gap Extensions

A cap-gap extension extends an eligible F-1 student's status between the end of F-1 status while on OPT and start of H-1B status. This allows the student to remain in the U.S. during the "gap."

24-Month STEM Extensions

Effective May 10, 2016 students who have received a U.S. Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, may be eligible for a 24-month extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 36 months).