Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students


What Is It?

  • Employment authorization for F-1 students who have completed all course work for their academic program.
  • Employment must be related to student’s field of study and can be paid or unpaid.
  • Typically issued for internships or short-term employment opportunities.
  • Authorized by Brooklyn College International Student and Scholar Services Office.

Duration of Employment

Processing Time

  • One business day upon receipt of a complete OPT application.
  • USCIS processing can take up to three months.

Student’s Role

  • Verify eligibility for OPT.
  • Submit complete and timely OPT application to USCIS in order to obtain approval prior to beginning employment.
  • Report employment to the International Student and Scholar Services Office via e-mail.
  • Ensure work is related to field of study.

Proof of Authorization

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD card/Form 1-766) indicating start and end dates of work authorization.
  • Student must have EAD card in order to begin work.

Employer’s Role

  • Request a copy of the EAD from the student for I-9 purposes.
  • There is no cost to the employer, and the OPT application is entirely the responsibility of the student.
  • Students can be approved for OPT without an offer of employment.

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