What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status are permitted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies. 

While there is some right to work under OPT while still in school (“pre-completion OPT”), the main use for OPT is the right to work for 12 months after completion of a degree (“post-completion OPT”).

Students interested in applying for OPT need to schedule an appointment with an advisor. The advisor will review the eligibility requirements and the application process.

To learn more about OPT eligibility requirements and the application process, please make an appointment with an ISS advisor by phone (850) 210-8258 or by email iss@tcc.fl.edu


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