University of Minnesota
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is permission for off-campus employment granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). OPT enables students to gain work experience in their field of study.
To apply for OPT, you must:
Complete an OPT workshop.
OPT Online Workshop to learn about the application process.
Logging in to Moodle is required for the Online Workshop
OPT Application Packet or obtain the packet at ISSS. Complete the “F-1 Optional Practical Training Student Request and Academic Adviser Verification” form from the packet.
Your academic adviser must sign at the bottom the form.
Complete Form I-765.*
Bring completed application materials to ISSS during
walk-in hours or a scheduled appointment to meet with an F-1 adviser for processing.
* ISSS does not recommend electronically filing the I-765.
Requirements while on OPT
Cap Gap Extension
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