Optional Practical Training Information

Hello MIM International Students! We are getting close to graduate and it is time to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) if you would to extend the time in searching for a job in the United States. OPT provides international student (F-1 Visa) to work full-time in the United States for 12 months upon completion of a university degree. Students are encouraged to summit the application no earlier than 100 days before your graduation date.

To be eligible for OPT you must:

  • Have been enrolled for 9 consecutive months (3 terms)
  • Have F-1 visa status
  • Have completed your degree program
  • Submit your OPT application to your advisor for review
  • Receive a new I-20 prior to submitting application to Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Apply to and obtain authorization from USCIS

Required documents in applying for OPT:

  • USCIS form I-765
  • Check or money order for $380.00
  • USCIS form G-1145
  • 2 passport photos
  • Photocopies of the following pages of your passport: identity page and US visa
  • Photocopies of both sides of your I-94 card
  • Advisor Verification Form

For more information on how to apply and documents http://oia.pdx.edu/intl_students/f1/opt_cpt

OPT gives an opportunities for international students to stay in the United States after graduation in searching for a job. OPT does not required students to have a job in applying for the OPT card, therefore, it extends the time for international students.

Thunyarak “Goy” Katikavongkhachorn

Thunyarak Katikavongkhachorn or Goy is a full-time student in Master of International Management Program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Portland State University. She was interested in studying MIM program because she would like to broaden her career in supply chain and logistics at the global level that focusing on Pacific Asia while studying Chinese as a third language. She currently specialize in supply chain and finance in the MIM program.

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