Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment directly related to a student’s field of study and is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience complementary to the academic program. An F-1 student is eligible for a MAXIMUM OF 12 MONTHS. However, if a student begins a new academic program at a higher level (e.g. masters after bachelor’s degree or PhD after masters), the student is eligible for another 12 months of OPT. While on optional practical training, individuals are still considered to be F-1 students at Jackson State University even though they may be working elsewhere in the United States. Therefore, students are required to report within 10-days any changes in name, address, employer’s information and periods of interruption in employment.
APPLICATION TIME FRAME:
APPLICATION FOR OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING
JSU Global assists with processing OPT applications and materials; however actual employment authorization is given by U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS). Once all documentation listed below has been gathered, please submit them to JSU Global ISSS office.
OPT APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Application needs to be received by the USCIS within 30 days of OPT I-20 issue date.
Submit COPIES of all documents to JSU Global FIRST. Once submitted an ISSS advisor will review your application packet and issue YOU two new I-20s with the OPT recommendation on page 2 (one for your personal record, and one to be signed and mailed with your application materials).
Once you have the new I-20 you must SIGN BEFORE SENDING to USCIS along with the ORIGINAL I-765, passport photos and $410 filing fee. You should send copies of your passport, visa, I-94 and previously issued I-20’s.