Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for F-1 students to gain work experience to complement their academic program. All F-1 students are entitled to one year of Optional Practical Training for each higher degree they receive. OPT is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis for one full academic year at Franklin University.

To engage in OPT employment you must apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the DHS center having jurisdiction over your place of residence.

OPT employment must be related to the students’ field of study. You may not accept OPT employment until the DHS approves the application and provides you with an EAD.

To learn more about OPT or to begin the process of applying for OPT please follow the following steps: (We recommend you view all videos in full screen mode)

View the OPT instruction video here. (40 minutes)

View the tutorial for completing the application here. (25 minutes)

Download the full instruction sheet here

 

Learn how to navigate OPT:

This section of the OISP blog provides resources and activities to help you learn more about applying for OPT, securing legal employment on OPT, maintaining your status on OPT, and the end of your OPT period.  This information is broken into four modules, listed below.

Module 1: Am I eligible for OPT?

Module 2: How do I prepare for OPT?

Module 3: What do I do once I’ve applied for OPT?

Module 4: What do I do when my OPT is ending?

To fully prepare yourself for the OPT experience, please read the resources provided and use the practice activities to get feedback and support from OISP.

It is recommended that you complete Module 1 at least one full term before you plan to graduate and complete Module 2 by the beginning of the term you plan to graduate.  Module 3 should be completed after you submit your OPT application and by the time your OPT application is approved.  Module 4 should be completed at least 90 days before your OPT end date.

Best wishes on your OPT journey!

Go to Module 1

 

 

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