International Services hosting OPT sessions


LSU's International Services will be hosting two more OPT information sessions during the spring 2015 semester.  These sessions will be at the following dates and times:

  1. Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  2. Tuesday, April 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

These sessions will be conducted in the International Programs conference room in Hatcher Hall.  Meet in the lobby of Hatcher Hall before the session begins, and International Programs staff will instruct you where to go.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment benefit granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) authorizing eligible F-1 students to work anywhere in the U.S. at a job directly related to their major field of study and at a level commensurate with their educational level. F-1 students are not required to attend an OPT Information Session prior to applying, but it may be beneficial in avoiding delays in  processing the application due to missing or incorrect information. 

NOTE: For those F-1 students whose program completion date is May 15, 2015, the earliest that you can apply to International Services (IS) for OPT recommendation is February 16, 2016, which is 90 days prior to the completion date.

  • Deadline to apply to IS for OPT recommendation: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Deadline for US CIS to receive the completed OPT application: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To access the OPT application and for more information, click here.

Submitted by: International Services