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Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain actual employment experience in a chosen profession for a maximum of one year (12 months). The purpose of OPT is to 'round of' or complement your academic work. Students that have completed any optional practical training prior to completion of studies, or at the same academic level, will have this time deducted from the maximum of 12 months allowed. Less than 12 months of full-time curricular practical training does not deduct OPT time. You are required to participate in an OPT workshop before you can submit your application.

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Form i-765


  1. Have you reported your employment?
  2. Do you have an I-20 with your current employer listed?
  3. Did you report your last day at your old job?
  4. Are you current with your health insurance?



  1. Must be in F-1 status for at least (9) months of continuous full time enrollment.
  2. Must be directly related to student's field of study.
  3. Must be processed in your last term at CSUSB.
  4. Must be authorized by the Center for International Studies and Programs, before classes end on your last term.
  5. Only one OPT may be used at each degree level.
  6. 1 year of full-time CPT will cancel your OPT opportunity.
  7. Must attend the OPT Info Session.



  1. Review the eligibility requirements.
  2. You must have filed the Petition to Graduate with the Office of Registrar.
  3. Must attend the OPT Info Session.
  4. Submit the OPT application guide pages 2.
  5. Submit a request for a new I-20.
  6. Pick up the approved packet and new I-20 after working five (5) days or request to send by mail.
  7. Mail the OPT packet to USCIS.

Note: you must keep your health insurance while on OPT