Optional Practical Training (OPT)

As of January 2017, please consult with CIE office as work authorization process and benefits may change.

OPT is a type of post-graduation employment authorization that a F-1 student can apply for to USCIS. Students must apply during their graduation (final) quarter. 

How do I find a job?
Students should utilize the resources and services that UW Bothell's Career Center provides, such as creating your resume, how to job hunt online, how to prepare for your interview, and what types of jobs fit your field of study. There are also many great workshops and events that you can attend. Remember, your job while on OPT must be related to your UWB degree and at least part-time (20 hours/week). 

Where are UWB international student alum working?
Students are working in various fields with companies either locally, or across the U.S.! Also, you definetly need to join CIE's special LinkedIn Group to connect with other international student alum who are working, and to help with your job search! 

 UWB International Student LinkedIn Group - JOIN TODAY! 


OPT Workshop - Fridays @ 11am in Husky Hall, Room 1110

Come to our informational session to learn about how you can apply for OPT work authorization. CIE will share information to help you through the application process, and answer your questions.

All OPT workshops are held on Fridays @ 11am in Husky Hall, Room 1110 
Fall Quarter, 2016: October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18 & December 2
Winter Quarter, 2017: January 6, January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17 & March 31
Spring Quarter, 2017: April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16 & June 30
Summer Quarter, 2017: July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4


Workshop: Job Search Strategies for International Students

Looking for work presents special challenges for international students. This workshop held by UW Bothell Career Center will cover best practices and strategies for seeking and applying for jobs. Students to read the workshop information online as well.

  • Fall Quarter, 2016: Wednesday, October 26 from 2-3pm in UW1-103
  • Winter Quarter, 2017: Wednesday, January 18 from 2-3pm in UW1-103
  • Spring Quarter, 2017: Tuesday, April 4 from 2-3pm in UW1-103 

OPT Employment Update Online Form 

Students on OPT are only allowed 90 days total of unemployment. It is critical that you report to the Center for International Education office where you are working, and any time there is a change in your employment or contact information (such as home address, phone number or email). By completing this online form, CIE office will update your record with immigration so that they know you are working. Immigration will terminate a student's I-20 once 90 days of unemployment is accumulated. 

  • STEM OPT Updated & Validity Report 
    Students on STEM OPT Extension must use this online form to report any changes to their employment or mailing address. The form will also be used to complete the required validity reports.