Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for F-1 students to gain work experience to complement their academic program. All F-1 students are entitled to one year of Optional Practical Training for each higher degree they receive. OPT is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis for one full academic year at Franklin University.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

To engage in Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment you must apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) center having jurisdiction over your place of residence.

OPT employment must be related to your field of study. You may not begin OPT employment until USCIS approves the application and your receive the EAD card.  There are two kinds of OPT: pre-completion while you pursue your degree and post-completion after you graduate.

Learn How to Navigate OPT:

This section of the OISP blog provides resources and activities to help you learn more about applying for OPT, securing legal employment on OPT, maintaining your status while on post-completion OPT, and the end of your post-completion OPT period. This information is broken into four modules, listed below.

To fully prepare yourself for the OPT experience, please read the resources provided and use the practice activities to get feedback and support from OISP.

It is recommended that you complete Module 1 at least one full term before you plan to graduate and complete Module 2 by the beginning of the term you plan to graduate. Module 3 should be completed after you submit your OPT application and by the time your OPT application is approved.  Module 4 should be completed at least 90 days before your OPT end date.