Optional Practical Training Information
For more information or to apply for 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) click here.
For more information or to apply for 17-month OPT (STEM) Extension click here.
For information about cap gap extension click here.
Optional Practical Training Workshop
Students are required to attend an OPT workshop in their final semester before they apply for OPT. The OPT workshop is offered on the main Commerce campus and also online. For a schedule for the workshop click here.
12-month OPT workshop presentation (password protected)
17-month OPT Extension presentation (for students currently on OPT)
Reporting requirements for students on OPT
Please note that during OPT, students are required to report any change of address and any start of employment or change of employment within 10 days. To update your address or employment during OPT click here. This form will provide a confirmation page (not email) once you have submitted your information and the ISSO will email you once your information has been updated. Students on 17-month OPT Extension are required to report their current employer's company name and address and the student's current physical address 6 months after the start date for their 17-month OPT Extension.
Travel Information for Students on OPT
For information on traveling during OPT click here. To request a travel signature please complete the Travel Signature Request Form for students on OPT. For general guidelines from USCIS regarding traveling as an F-1 student click here.