Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is off-campus work authorization issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for work experience in your field of study. Students must be in F-1 status for an academic year to be eligible for OPT. Both pre-completion (to be used before graduation) and post-completion OPT may be available. However, students are eligible to apply for one year of OPT per degree level (with an exception for students in the STEM fields). If 12 months of OPT are used before graduation, post-completion OPT will not be available.
For further information, consult the USCIS guidelines for OPT.
Students who have been in F-1 status for one academic year are eligible to apply for pre-completion OPT as early as 90 days before the employment start date. For Post-completion OPT, students may apply up to 90 days before the program end date (graduation or completion of studies for graduate students).
The following activities are considered allowable employment on both pre-completion and standard post-completion OPT, provided that the job is directly related to the student’s program of study.
International students require health insurance while on the F1 visa. Your Drew insurance will end Aug 14. While Drew University cannot evaluate, recommend, or endorse any specific private health insurance company or policy, here are a few options that our students use:
*NOTE: You MUST have a new I20 with OPT from ISSS before proceeding with completing the I-765 application. Application must be received by USCIS within 30 days after the OPT I-20 is requested by ISSS!
***The I-765 application is your personal application for employment authorization. You are responsible for following all USCIS instructions and making sure that the application is correct and complete. The International Student Center will not have access to your application and cannot correct, edit, or change any information on your application for you. If you have any issues or questions regarding your I-765 application, you will need to work directly with USCIS.