Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an opportunity for F-1 international students to gain valuable work experience in his or her field of study. This is a chance to learn how American businesses operate and possibly be offered further work opportunities!
Please note, this page is for Post-Completion OPT. For information on Pre-Completion, please contact Jesse Phillips.
Students may apply as early as 90 days before their program end date, and up to 60 days after their program end date. It is highly recommended to apply as asson as possible. Your program end date is the day grades are due for your final semester, which can be found on the RMU Academic Calendar.
Students must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at RMU for one full academic year (fall and spring semesters) before being eligible for OPT. You must choose a start date that is within 60 days of your graduation.
OPT applications take an average of 3 months to be processed. It is highly recommended that you apply as early as possible to make sure your application is processed before the day you want to start. You may not apply more than 90 days before your graduation date.
Please download the RMU OPT application to get started, and for information about the process:
Please bring this completed application with you to your OPT appointment.
1. G-1145 and I-765 Forms, completed
2. $410 Check or Money Order made payable to the “US Department of Homeland Security.”
3. 2 recent photographs according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) specifications
4. Copy of current I-20, all previously issued I-20s
7. Most recent visa page in the passport (if the visa page is in your old passport, please bring that passport with you).
8. Employment Authorization Document (EAD) if applicable.
The application will be mailed by Robert Morris University on your behalf to USCIS. All original documents will be returned to you, and you will be given copy of the application and all accompanying documents for your records.
You are advised to set up an appointment in the Center for Global Engagement as soon as you decide to pursue OPT, or at least 90 days before you graduate.
You must receive the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before starting any employment.
Please provide the following information to Jesse Phillips:
You are eligible for a STEM extension if your degree is in the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) field and your OPT position is directly related to your degree. Please review the RMU STEM application form for more information and instructions on how to apply.
Please visit Study in the States for more detailed information about STEM extension, and resources for students and employers.
Contact Jesse Phillips with any questions or to make an appointment.