Optional practical training
OPT allows eligible F-1 students employment (both on and off campus) within their major area of study for up to twelve months per educational level. Most students use this authorization upon degree completion. OPT is granted by U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services. Processing can take three to four months and costs $340 (as of July 30, 2007).
Students who intend to engage in post-completion OPT are encouraged to start the paperwork four months prior to finishing their degree requirements.
The application process and related information are available during the OPT workshop presented by the international student advisor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.358.7534 for more information.
OPT workshop alternatives
The OPT slideshow is available for students who cannot attend an OPT workshop. After viewing the slides, please meet with Liz West to obtain the application materials. Bring any questions you may have. You may:
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