Optional Practical Training


If you are graduating during the upcoming semester and interested in applying for employment authorization, you MUST attand an Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop the semester prior to applying. Time-sensitive deadlines set by U.S. Government, so plan to come to an early session

  • Students must be in lawful immigration status for one full academic year (fall and spring semesters) in order to be eligible to apply for OPT
  • Application MUST be received by USCIS no later than 60 days after the student’s graduation date 
  • Processing time by USCIS varies but can be up to 3 months.  Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to apply up to 90 days prior to graduation
  • Students are eligible for an additional 12 months of OPT after obtaining a higher degree   

ISSO holds seven OPT workshops per semester. We strongly encourage AND expect you to attend one OPT Workshop. 

Please view our Office Calendar for the date, time and location for each workshop.

For more information about Optional Practical Training, visit our Employment Page.

Sessions begin promptly at time shown. Lasts little over one hour. Please plan accordingly

Day Date Time Location
Friday September 29th 2:00pm Fretwell 100
Monday October 9th 2:00pm CHHS 376
Friday October 20th 2:00pm CHHS 376
Thursday November 9th 11:00pm Cone 208
Wednesday November 29th 3:00pm Cone 208