Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
For JMC Medical Students
- F-1 Immigration Issues for Medical Residency (applying to H-1B sponsoring hospitals)
- OPT Application Process for MDs
For JSHP, JSN, JSP, JCGS, JSPH Students
- OPT Application Process for JSHP, JSN, JSP, JCGS, JSPH Students
- 17-month OPT Extension Process for STEM Majors only
Examples of STEM Majors: bioscience technology (biotechnology), medical scientist, immunology, pharmacology, genetics, neuroscience, etc. For a complete list, go to: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/stemlist.htm
Who is Eligible for Optional Practical Training?
A full-time student in legal F-1 status, who has been enrolled in school for at least one academic year, may be eligible for up to 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for each degree program. Full-time study in another nonimmigrant status (such as J-1, H-4, A-2) also counts towards the academic year requirement. OPT employment must be related to the student’s degree program.
Pre-completion OPT during school vacations
Any amount of full-time work used for pre-completion OPT will be deducted from the available 12 months. For example, if you work full-time for 2 months during the summer, you will have 10 months of OPT remaining.
Pre-completion OPT during the school year
Part-time OPT is allowed for up to 20 hours a week, and will be deducted at a rate of one-half the number of months used. For example, if you work part-time for 2 months, 1 month will be deducted from the 12 months. You will have 11 months of OPT remaining.
Most students at Thomas Jefferson University choose to use OPT after completing the requirements for their program. You may work full-time while on post-completion OPT. The following students are not eligible for OPT extensions: medical, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, pharmacy, and radiologic sciences.