Optional Practical Training

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 Post-Completion 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 iComet. You can log into iComet using your UT Dallas NetID and password. The Post-Completion OPT workshop is available under the "workshops" tab on the left-hand side.
  • If you fail to graduation after applying for OPT, contact the ISSO for advising to discuss your options. You cannot extend your I-20 end date beyond your OPT end date.
  • Volunteer employment is not allowed on the UT Dallas campus during Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Spring 2020 graduates

Application Dates:

Earliest date to submit OPT request to ISSO : February 8, 2020

USCIS must receive application on or before : July 7, 2020

OPT Start/End Dates :

Earliest OPT start date a student can request : May 9, 2020

Latest OPT start date a student can request : July 7, 2020

OPT Dates for Summer 2020

Application Dates:

Earliest date to submit OPT request to ISSO : May 9, 2020

USCIS must receive application on or before : October 6, 2020

OPT Start/End Dates :

Earliest OPT start date a student can request : August 8, 2020

Latest OPT start date a student can request : October 6, 2020

OPT Dates for Fall 2020

Application Dates:

Earliest date to submit OPT request to ISSO : September 12, 2020

USCIS must receive application on or before : February 9, 2021

OPT Start/End Dates :

Earliest OPT start date a student can request : December 12, 2020

Latest OPT start date a student can request : February 9, 2021

OPT Resources

OPT Options