Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a work authorization available to F-1 visa holders who complete their program* and have been enrolled for at least one academic year. Length of OPT authorization is up to 12 months with an optional extension for STEM majors. Students interested in OPT should attend the OPT Workshop provided by ISS and schedule a follow-up meeting with ISS staff in order to understand the application process and requirements. Students are reminded that filing wait times for OPT are quite long (approximately 90 days) and it is highly recommended to mail the application at least 90 days in advance of your intended employment start date. Remember do not work without authorization!
*Pre-completion OPT is also available, but is not generally used by Lawrence students.