Information about Optional Practical Training

If you would like to get work experience in your major field of study during the summer or after you graduate, you should apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) early. You do not need to have a job offer in order to apply for OPT. Applications are available in our office.

  • Summer OPT
    We strongly suggest that you apply at least two months before you expect to start your job. Immigration can take two to three months to process OPT applications. Since you are not permitted to work until your OPT is authorized by USCIS, application processing delays may cause you to lose your employment opportunity.

  • Post-completion of studies OPT
    By law, you must apply for post-completion of studies OPT before your program of study ends.

    If you have travel plans after school ends, your OPT must be authorized by USCIS before you leave the country. We are unable to endorse your Form I-20 for reentry to the U.S. until your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card is issued. You will need your EAD card, endorsed I-20 and a letter from an employer regarding a job offer to return to the U.S.

Apply for OPT now if you wish to travel or begin working soon after the semester ends. USCIS may take two to three months to process your OPT application during heavy application periods.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like an application for OPT.

Kevyn Piascik
Assistant Director of International Admissions
Primary Designated School Official
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718.940.5830
Fax: 718.636.8303
khill2@sjcny.edu
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