Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is a U.S. government benefit for international students holding F-1 status. The benefit is available to students who have maintained F-1 immigration status for the past three quarters (9 months) and have completed either a two-year Associates degree or a one-year certificate. A student is eligible for a maximum of 12 months of full-time OPT per academic level.
To learn more about OPT, please view this slideshow.
OPT application process:
Step 1. Submit a graduation application to the Highline Registration Office (Building 6). More information is available at https://registration.highline.edu/student-records/graduation/.
Step 2. Prepare your OPT application packet (see cover page).
Step 3. Submit your OPT application packet
to the ISP office during the application period (see page 3 of the
OPT Information Packet
handout). We'll issue a new I-20 with the OPT endorsement.
Step 4. ISP will mail your OPT application.
You will receive a receipt in about 2 weeks. (If you used ISP's mailing
address on your application, we will contact you at your Highline email
account to pick it up.)
Step 5. Start looking for jobs. For help,
Step 6. Receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and begin working (on or after the start date printed on the EAD). If you requested a Social Security Card, you will receive it in a separate envelope within 2 weeks after getting the EAD.
Step 7. You must report all job changes
and changes to your personal information to the online SEVP Portal
within 10 days of the change. Please
click here for more information on accessing the SEVP Portal.
Need more information? Please check out the OPT Information Packet.
Last updated October 2018