Optional Practical Training

F-1 students interested in having practical work experience in the U.S. after completing their academic program are encouraged to attend an OPT workshop or webinar.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment available to F-1 students. The employment must be related to the student's field of study and commensurate with the student's education level. F-1 students may be eligible for up to 12 months of OPT per degree level. Attend the OPT workshop or webinar to learn more about how to request this F-1 work authorization and how it can be utilized after graduation.

OPT Q&A Webinars for Spring 2022

Please sign up for one of the following OPT Q&A Webinars. 
These will not include the OPT presentation. You can view the following OPT videos for the presentation prior to the Q&A webinar.

Please watch the following OPT Presentation Videos prior to the Q&A session. 

OPT Presentation Video Series

Please click on the following link to the video. Each video is about 8-10 minutes
OPT Video #1 - Overview and Eligibility
OPT Video #2 - Applying to ISS
OPT Video #3 - Applying to USCIS
OPT Video #4 - Employment Requirements
OPT Video #5 - Employment Reporting
OPT Video #6 - Options After OPT
OPT Video #7 - Traveling While On OPT

We will also conduct the STEM OPT Q&A Webinars on the following dates:
Thursday, March 31st at 4pm
Thursday, April 14th at 4pm

We'll share the links and more information for the presentations soon.

​Past OPT Presentation Webinar Recordings

Please click on the link above to view the past OPT webinar recordings.

If you have any further questions about OPT, please email iss@tamu.edu

For upcoming webinars and other events, please view the Calender of Events

Event Details
DATE: Wednesday, February 09, 2022
TIME: 4pm

Thursday, February 16, 2022 at 11am
Wednesday, February 22, 2022 at 3pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2022 at 6pm
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 4pm
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4pm