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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
Monday, July 6 2:00pm-3:30pm UH-206
Thursday, July 23 2:00pm-3:30pm UH-302

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 your OPT Application Packet to International Programs & Global Engagement .


Upcoming "H1B & Options After OPT" Workshops:

Date Time Location
TBA TBA TBA

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 — June 2015

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