Optional Practical Training



If you are graduating during the upcoming semester and are interested in applying for employment authorization, you MUST attand an Optional Practical Training 

(OPT) Workshop. Time-sensitive deadlines are 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   

The ISSO holds two primary OPT workshops each semester. We strongly encourage AND expect you to attend one OPT Workshop.

Click Here to Sign Up for a Workshop

Students reserve a space in the workshop using the button above/Sign Up.com, but the actual invite link to the Zoom event will not be sent to students until 30 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin. 

Missed the most recent Spring 2021 workshops? We'll post videos of the recordings here in February 2021. 

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

Sessions begin promptly at time shown, and last a little over one hour. Please plan accordingly.

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday February 2nd 4:00  - 6:00 pm

Event Will Be Held Virtually on Zoom

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot

Thursday February 18th 10:00 am - Noon

Event Will Be Held Virtually on Zoom

Click Here to Reserve Your Spot