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Graduating in the Winter quarter? Looking to gain work experience in the U.S. after graduation? Now is the time to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)! OPT is post-graduation work authorization approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


The earliest you may apply for OPT is 3 months before your expected graduation date. Please apply early as OPT applications can take up to 4 months to be approved by USCIS. Submit your OPT application during an OPT Hand-In Session: Wednesdays from 3-4 PM, or Thursdays from 3-4 PM.


Please review the following requirements:

Step 1: Review the OPT Online Workshop and the OPT Guidelines (mandatory)

Step 2: Meet with your Student Affairs Officer (SAO) or Academic Advisor to help you complete the Verification of Degree Completion Form (mandatory)

Step 3: Complete the OPT Request Form and the I-765 Form (mandatory)

Step 4: Attend a OPT Hand-In Session to submit the OPT Request Form and ALL of the supporting documents on the OPT Application Checklist.

When: February 20, 2020 3:00 PM ~ 4:00 PM
Where: Dashew Center
Audience: Students

Cost: Free
Registration: No Registration
What Students Say
Dear Jennie,

It is Thanksgiving Day today. Thank you for your great work at the international student center! Those great programs and events colored my life in UCLA. Thank you for bring us to Solvang trip, football and basketball game! Thank you for offering those free tickets to palys and concerts, free food:)! Thank you for so many other great things! Thank you for being a cheerful and helpful friend! My stay in the US wouldn't be that wonderful without you!

Happy Thanksgiving and have a great holiday season!
Hugs, Wei
Dear Mr. Ericksen:

First I'd like to thank you for directing such an amazing place as Dashew Center, I as an international student appreciate all your work and programs. I'm writing you to give you some feedback about the trip to Yosemite. This was the best trip ever, I'm really glad you are looking into new directions to integrate international students and this trip has been my best experience at UCLA (I'm starting my third year as a graduate student). Jennie and all her staff organized perfectly this trip. The hotel was good as well as all the activites they programmed. My expectations were completely overcome by their work. Not only we had an amazing time, they always tried to integrate everyone to form one group. We worked as a team and now I think that all of us will never forget this three lovely persons that made this trip a reallity. Thank you very much.

Mauricio Comas-Garcia