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California State University, Fullerton

Optional Practical Training For F-1 Students Only

Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization is granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services upon receipt and review of applications filed by the student and recommendation made by the International Student Advisor.

You are required to attend an OPT Session if you are interested in working part-time off-campus during the Spring or Fall semesters, or working full-time after graduating at the end of the semester/term.

OPT Workshops

Sign-ups for the session will begin at least 1 week prior to session date. During OPT workshops, you will learn more about the rules regarding Pre-Completion and Post-Completion OPT and receive an OPT application packet. F1 students who have attended workshops and still have questions before submitting their applications are encouraged to meet with an International Student Advisor during advising hours.

The OPT processing time at the California Service Center will take about 90 days to process and approve OPT applications. It is, therefore, in your best interest to sign up for any of the earlier sessions and not delay applying for OPT.

Pre-Completion OPT Off-campus work permit for F1 students interested in working off-campus BEFORE graduation where employment is related to their field of study or major.
Post-Completion OPT Off-campus work permit for F1 students interested in working in the United States AFTER graduation where employment is related to their field of study or major.
OPT Appointment After attending the OPT Workshop, you can submit your OPT Application Packet and request an OPT Appointment with an International Student Advisor.

Upcoming OPT Workshops:

Date Time Location
Friday, February 13 1:00am-2:30pm UH-248
Friday, February 20 1:00pm-2:30pm UH-302
Tuesday, February 24 1:00pm-2:30pm MH-412
Friday, February 27 1:00pm-2:30pm H-523
Wednesday, March 4 10:30am-12:00pm UH-242
Tuesday, March 17 1:00pm-2:30pm UH-242
Friday, April 10 2:00pm-3:30pm UH-250
Friday, April 24 1:00pm-2:30pm UH-335
Friday, May 8 2:30pm-4:00pm SGMH-1109
Thursday, May 21 2:00pm-3:30pm LH-303
Friday, May 29 2:00pm-3:30pm LH-303

Sign-up for OPT Sessions

OPT Sessions will be open for sign-up one week prior to session date. Priority is given to students who are graduating and who sign up.




Note: Attendance in an OPT workshop is required before submitting yout OPT Application Packet to International Programs.


Upcoming "H1B & Options After OPT" Workshops:

Date Time Location
Thursday, March 5 1:00am-3:30pm MH-412
Friday, March 13 1:00pm-3:00pm UH-252
Friday, March 20 1:00pm-3:00pm UH-252

Sign-up for H1B Workshop Sessions

"H1B & Options After OPT" Workshop Sessions will be open for sign-up one week prior to session date. Priority is given to students who are graduating and who sign up.



Contact Information: +1 (657) 278-2787 +1 (657) 278-7292 ieoffice@fullerton.edu

Revised — February 2015

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