In light of COVID-19 concerns and in accordance with guidance from the University to limit/suspend face-to-face instruction, all OPT, CPT and STEM OPT workshops will be held virtually until further notice.
F-1 students who are interested in applying for work authorization (OPT, CPT, STEM OPT), are highly encouraged to view the online workshop for the relevant type of authorization:
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop can be accessed HERE.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop can be accessed HERE.
STEM OPT Workshop can be accessed HERE.
The workshops will cover important dates and deadlines, application materials, travel questions and information on maintaining your F-1 status.
Question & Answer sessions will be held through Zoom at the following times. Please use the links to join the Q&A sessions after you have completed watching the appropriate workshop(s):
Tuesdays – 11:00AM https://illinois.zoom.us/j/337995631 (password: 014075)
Fridays – 2:00PM https://illinois.zoom.us/j/476190997 (password: 690376)
More information on OPT, CPT and STEM OPT can be found at these links:
Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training
OPT STEM Extension
As federal regulations are subject to change, ISSS recommends students attend an OPT workshop in their final semester of registration.
Note: J-1s are not eligible for OPT, CPT or STEM OPT.