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Applying for OPT

Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows an F-1 student to work in a job related to the student's field of study.

You are permitted to work 12 months full-time. Part-time practical training (20 hours per week or less) will be deducted from the available practical training at one-half of the full-time rate. You may receive monetary compensation or academic credit during your practical training. Students may engage in OPT:

  •  while school is in session

  • during vacations

  • after graduation

For post-completion OPT, you must make the request prior to graduation and complete employment within 14 months of your graduation. Applications (pre and post-completion) may be submitted 90 days before employment begins. Please allow 80 or more days for processing time after your application is sent to USCIS

 

Steps

  1. Complete Form I-765 (.pdf form).

  2. Have two immigration photos made at AAA or Wal-Mart

  3. Decide the dates you wish to be employed

  4. Visit the Center for Global Education to have information entered into SEVIS. Bring

    • Passport
    • I-94
    • a check or money order for $340 made payable to "Department of Homeland Security,
  5. Mail Form I-765, photos, copies of passport, I-94, new I-20 with OPT notation, and check or money order to:


    USCIS
    Nebraska Service Center
    P.O. Box 87765
    Lincoln, NE 68501-7665