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What is OPT? Types of OPT
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of work experience that an F-1 student can generally gather through a temporary employment. The employment or the work is often related to the subjects of study or the academic program of the students. As per the rule, a student can receive maximum 12 months of hands-on practical experience for each degree level (Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate) (Additional 17 months for STEM degree holders). However, a student is free to undergo this practical training either during the studies or after the completion of his or her studies.
Eligibility for OPT
Students willing to apply for Optional Practical Training must fulfill the following eligibility criteria.
When to apply for OPT?
Students willing to apply for Pre-Completion and Post-Completion should be aware of these dates.
How OPT Student Should Choose Right OPT Employer
With the consulting regime conquering the IT scenario, many OPT employers are in the fray to make a quick buck. So one needs (especially OPT students) to be very cautious and careful while choosing an employer. Having a good employer is very vital so as to avoid any legal, payments, and immigration issues in the future and of coz getting work assignments at reputed companies by not being on bench for too long.
OPT Student Switching from Non IT to IT
Well that’s a tough one…For OPT students in the conventional majors and who bagged the jobs in their fields of study…its not at all concern for them to think about this shift at least for the time being. However this thought might arise in them once they settle down in their OPT job and start feeling the ennui about their daily routine due to the lack of freshness or adventure. Also the lure of big pay packets is one main thing that attracts them to IT. Along with these there might be Junta who is really interested in programming stuff, web designing, has the curiosity to learn more about the business side, about finance and IT integration etc which lures them into the IT sector.
Failing to graduate after applying for OPT
If a Student applies for Post Completion OPT before his or her program end date and fails to complete the requirements (due to ‘incomplete or failing grades’ or failure to meet graduation requirements) of program should do following...
Desi OPT Alumni Job Search Experience
I had been in the same shoes are you were few years ago. I graduated from Chemical engineering from Bangalore University. I saw the trend was to start reading GRE and Toefl and plan to go to USA. Well since the job market in India was not that great, so thought why not follow the trend. Landed in US and joined master’s program in Computer Science. With 9/11 and bad economy, there were no chances of funding or even getting on-campus jobs or OPT/CPT Jobs. Somehow my luck favored and I got my first on campus job in few months. Then got my Assistantship, then my Internship and was ready to graduate.
When should OPT Student start looking for a job ?
Statutory Warning: Students in the first semester…Ignore this article and enjoy your school life. Jokes apart…after toiling hard through the GRE, TOEFL and various courses in the graduate courses in US universities, its critical for every student to plan well ahead before the time he graduates to be ready to take the Plunge.
Shall OPT Student look for full time job or consulting job ?
The days have changed. People are no longer satisfied with the laid back, monotonous full time jobs or OPT Jobs or CPT Jobs and they want to test new avenues by taking to more challenging and flexible assignments and Of course taking the big bucks in a short time. What’s the solution for all these??
OPT/CPT/F1 Free Dedicated Phone Number from Google Voice
After you sign up for Google Voice , it creates a free new phone number that you can use for your job search, when some one calls this new number, It automatically redirects to your existing phone number. Below are some of the advantages
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