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OPT Informational Videos

OPT Informational Videos

What is OPT?

In this video, we offer a brief overview of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the two types of training that F-1 students may complete: Pre and Post-Completion OPT. We highly recommend looking through the OPT overview information on the website and the Pre and Post Completion information, which offers an in-depth understanding of both types of OPT. Review the website prior to seeking assistance from the office and please take advantage of our office hours for advising as needed.  

When to Apply for OPT?

In this video, we will explain the deadlines for applying for Pre-Completion and Post-Completion Optional Practical Training. By the end of the video, you will have a better understanding of how to pick dates that fulfill requirements and work for you.

How to Apply for OPT? 

In this video, we will explain the process of applying for OPT in IStart. We will go over what is required before requesting a new I-20 and what you should do after receiving your I-20 with the DSO recommendation.

How to Fill the I-765 for OPT Online 

In this video, we will go into the specific instructions on how to fill out the I-765 application online through USCIS. We will go over the steps and requirements to ensure that you are correctly filling out the form.

Reporting Requirements While on OPT

In this video, we will explain the reporting requirements and regulations for Post-Completion OPT. We will go into the specific steps to ensure that you are on the right track to successfully partaking in Post-Completion OPT. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please come to OIS walk-in or advising hours.