Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit of your F-1 status. Below are some frequently asked questions about OPT.
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- EADs may not be forwarded to new addresses by the U.S. Post Office. Therefore, you must be certain that the address you list in item #3 of Form I-765 is (and will be) your address when your application is processed.
- Employment may not begin until the EAD card is received. You may only work during the validity dates of your EAD card.
- The EAD for Optional Practical Training will allow you to work only in a job related to your major area of study.
- Once authorized for OPT, you may accept employment anywhere in the U.S. When you are on OPT, you will still be in F-1 status.
- If you transfer to another school or begin study at another educational level, then your OPT authorization will automatically be terminated.
- While on OPT you have a total of 90 days when you may be unemployed. Once you exceed 90 days your OPT becomes invalid and you will have to depart the U.S. or transfer programs or schools.
- If you are eligible for STEM OPT then you receive an additional 30 days of unemployment or 120 days over your 29 months of OPT.