University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

F – 1 Students

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:

  1. Complete an OPT workshop.

    Watch the OPT Online Workshop to learn about the application process.

    • Logging in to Moodle is required for the Online Workshop
    • Enrollment key: isssopt
  2. Download the OPT Application Packet or obtain the packet at ISSS.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete Form I-765.*
  5. 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.

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