An F-1 Student Is Eligible For Pre or Post OPT If:

  • The student is in "active" F-1 status
  • The student has been a full-time student for one academic year (academic year equates to the fall/spring or spring/fall semesters – summer is not counted).
  • The student is not in a Non-Degree Pathway I-20
  • The student is not in a Non-Degree Language I-20
  • The student’s proposed employment relates to the student’s major area of study
  • The student has not been authorized for 12 months or more of full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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