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.

‚ÄčOPT Workshops and Webinars for Fall 2022

Listed below are several opportunities for attending the OPT (Optional Practical Training) workshops and webinars. There are two options for attending the OPT webinar and in person workshop. These OPT workshops/webinars will include a full OPT presentation and Q&A afterwards. We will also provide several general employment webinars that will include a brief presentation on general employment followed by Q&A. These general employment webinars will have two breakout room. One for J-1 students and another for F-1 students. These webinars will adress broader questions related to employment, CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, etc. There will also be a webinar for STEM OPT. Please check out the workshop/webinars, dates, location, and registration links to sign up. 

OPT Webinar (Zoom)

J-1 and F-1 Employment Webinars (Zoom with separate J-1 and F-1 breakout sessions)

OPT Workshop (in person)

STEM OPT Webinar (Zoom)
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

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: Thursday, October 06, 2022 - Tuesday, December 06, 2022

OPT Webinar (Zoom)
Thurs, Oct 6 at 6pm

J-1 and F-1 Employment Webinars (Zoom)
Thurs, Oct 20 at 4pm
Thurs, Nov 10 at 4pm
Tues, Dec 6 at 4pm

OPT Workshop (in person)
Wed, Nov 2 at 6pm, ILCB Rm 229

STEM OPT Webinar (Zoom)
Thurs, Oct 13 at 6pm

LOCATION: See location details above