Optional Practical Training

What is OPT?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is defined in the F-1 regulations as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study."

It can be pre-completion or post-completion (after graduation).  

Am I eligible for OPT?

To be eligible for OPT, the following must apply to you:

  • You must have been a full time F-1 student in a degree program for at least one year
  • You must be in ACTIVE F-1 status, and have a valid passport
  • You cannot have done 12 months or more of full time CPT (Curricular Practical Training

How much OPT can I do?

  • You can do 12 months of full time OPT per educational level (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate).
  • If you are in a STEM field, you may be eligible for an extension of 24 months of your OPT, please visit our OPT STEM EXTENSION page for more information

How do I apply for OPT?

Please click on the below link to see our OPT Request Informational Information or contact ISSS at isss@nau.edu :

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