Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 students is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complimentary to the academic program. An F-1 student (excluding ESL) is eligible for a maximum of 12 months of OPT. This benefit is available to students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year. The practical training sought by the student must be directly related to his or her current field of study and commensurate with his or her current education level.
There are three kinds of OPT: