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    Edmundo Daco Jr.

    An Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment granted to F-1 visa holders. The work should be related to the students' field of study. OPT recipients can work for up to 12 months before or after completion of their studies. Students with major in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are eligible for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT. The requirements for OPT are the following:

    1. Permission from your Designated School Official (DSO), who will submit your Form I-20 (Certification of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). You must provide the details of your employment, including the name and address of the employer, as well as the start and end date of employment.

    2. File Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) to the USCIS, with supporting documents indicated in the form, and application fees.

    If you have previously taken a Curriculum Practical Training (CPT), then the duration of it will be deducted from 12 months. The result will the remaining duration valid for your OPT.

    Note: This is not a legal advice.

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