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What is OPT in the USA?

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    Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

    Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

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    Hi, this is Tiffani. I'm going to answer this question for you. OPT in the US stands for Optional Practical Training. It allows international students towards after they have graduated for up to a year. If you are studying these ten programs that science, technology, Engineering and Math, you can extend it OPT to two additional years. Thank you.

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    IDP Education

    IDP Education

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    OPT stands for optional practical training that allows international students to gain industry work experience for 12 months. Students with STEM-based majors such as science, technology, engineering and maths, can have an additional extension for 24 months.

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    IDP Education

    IDP Education

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    OPT stands for, optional practical training, it is for the students who are enrolled in the courses related to STEM. So STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and medicine. The students can get a work visa after the completion of their degree for 12 months, and they can work full-time in that time period and can get it extended for another 24 months.

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    IDP Education

    IDP Education

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    It is optional practical training, it allows international students to work in the USA for an initial period of 12 months, but for a STEM program, the duration would be 36 months.

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    IDP Education

    IDP Education

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    Hello again, everybody, Opti is optional, practical training, any student who studies for any degree in the U.S. is eligible for up to one year opti, which you have to apply for before you graduate. And those who do a STEM degree, which is science, technology, engineering and math, you are eligible for the further two years of opti post your one year and again you have to apply for.

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    Shoreline Community College

    Shoreline Community College

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    Hey, everyone, it's Lisa from Shoreline, what is OPT? Great question. It is the opportunity to take a full time job usually paid in your field of study as a benefit of your student visa. So at the community college level, you would get one year no matter what your major. And after the bachelor's degree, you would get one to three years depending on your major.

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    Western New England University

    Western New England University

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    OPT in the U.S. stands for Optional Practical Training. It allows international students to work after they've graduated for up to one year or 12 months. If you're studying in the STEM programs that science, technology, engineering and math, you can extend OPT for two additional years. So three years total working in the U.S. It's a great benefit for international students. If you ever have any questions, you can come and talk to our international student coordinator, maybe get a coffee at our Starbucks or sit down in the campus center to learn a little bit more.

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    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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    OPT is optional practical training, which is a benefit offered to students on F1 student visas who have studied full time for one year and completed their degree in the United States. It gives you one year of work in the United States after graduation and possibly an extension of two years for students who have graduated in certain STEM fields.

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    Peralta Community College District

    Peralta Community College District

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    Optional practical training is an F1 visa benefit for students to work off campus part time or full time in their field of study. Once a student completes either a certificate or degree, they are now eligible to apply for optional practical training.

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