Pre-Program Optional Practical Training
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A student in F-1 status may apply for Pre-OPT
and begin employment prior to the completion of their program.
Students engaged in Pre-OPT can work a maximum of 20 hours per
week while school is in session*. During annual vacations and
while school is not in session, students may do Pre-OPT full or
*If you are authorized to work on-campus
and also choose to engage in Practical Training (CPT or
ICE regulations the total number of hours for the Practical
training and on-campus employment can NOT exceed twenty hours
while school is in session. You may work full-time during
periods when school is not in session or during your annual
Pre-OPT employment does NOT constitute a reason
for a student to be enrolled in a reduced course load.
Time granted to a student for Pre-OPT is
deducted from the 12 months of Post Completion OPT eligibility.
For each month of Pre-OPT that the student is authorized for
full-time employment, a month is deducted from the students Post
Completion OPT. For every two months of Pre-OPT that the
student is authorized for part-time employment, one month is
deducted from the students Post Completion OPT.
NOTE: Other employment categories, such
as Curricular Practical Training or Off-Campus employment based
on Economic Hardship may be better choices
provided that the student qualifies for the type of employment.
These categories permit the student to work while still
enrolled, yet in most cases, the student will still be eligible
for the full 12 months of Post Completion OPT.
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