Optional Practical Training (OPT) for Enrolled International Students
Finish Your Studies and Get Real Work Experience in the US!
Optional Practical Training allows F-1 students who have studied for at least 9 months and completed a professional certificate to apply for up to one year of work authorization. Students can apply for OPT with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) as early as 90 days before they complete their certificate and for 60 days afterwards. If a student's OPT request is approved, he or she can work for up to one year in the United States, adding valuable professional experience to their training at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley.
If you would like to apply for OPT, please carefully review UCSC Extension's OPT Instructions.
Please plan ahead. Prior to applying for OPT, you must attend one of Extension’s OPT workshops. In these workshops, the International Student Advisor will explain how to apply for OPT, what to do once you receive approval from USCIS and how to maintain your visa status while on OPT. UCSC Extension’s International Student Advisor will guide you through the OPT application process, and review your OPT materials before you submit them to USCIS. A $250 OPT application fee will apply.