Optional Practical Training


NOTICE:

USCIS recently updated Form I-765. The updated version of Form I-765 is seven pages and dated 05/31/18 in the bottom left hand corner of the form. Beginning 09/17/2018, USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-765.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a possible benefit of F-1 student status. Optional Practical Training (OPT) may be available to F-1 students after completing one year of full-time enrollment at a U.S. college or university in the academic year immediately preceding OPT. Students may request up to one year of OPT per educational level (ex: one bachelors = one educational level, two master's degrees = one educational level).

  • OPT workshops are MANDATORY for all students applying for Post-Completion OPT. Students must attend either an in-person workshop, or complete an online session via eLearning if you have applied for graduation in the current semester.
  • Program extensions will not be allowed beyond your post-completion OPT end date. If you fail to graduation after OPT approval, you cannot extend your I-20 end date beyond your OPT end date.
  • UT Dallas does not allow volunteer employment on-campus during Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Fall 2018 graduates

Application Dates:

Earliest date to submit OPT request to ISSO : Sept. 18, 2018

USCIS must receive application on or before : Feb. 15, 2019

OPT Start/End Dates :

Earliest OPT start date a student can request : Dec. 18, 2018

Latest OPT start date a student can request : Feb. 15, 2019

Spring 2019 graduates

Application Dates:

Earliest date to submit OPT request to ISSO : Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

USCIS must receive application on or before : Wednesday, July 10, 2019

OPT Start/End Dates :

Earliest OPT start date a student can request : May 12, 2019

Latest OPT start date a student can request : July 10, 2019

OPT Resources

OPT Options