• Temporary employment to gain practical experience in your field of study
  • Work must directly relate to the F-1 major area of study
  • Must maintain student status to be eligible with a valid F-1 status 9 months preceding the CPT application



WHEN IT CAN BE DONE

  • During the summer if you are enrolled for the next semester
  • During the semester ONLY if work hours are NO MORE than 20 per week
  • AFTER completion of degree if in a master's or doctoral program



LENGTH OF TIME ALLOWED TO WORK

  • 12 months available
  • Deduct 50% from the 12-month limit if doing a part-time OPT



HOW CAN I APPLY?

  • Please submit the OPT Request Form to Leslie Hicks.
    • Your email should include:
      • your name
      • BU ID#
      • major
      • the date you would like to begin OPT

  • Please allow the ISSS office 3-4 business days to review and process your request.
  • You will be notified via email to make an appointment. You will need to sign and pick up your OPT I-20 and application documents.