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International students find job training in U.S. after graduation

Veronica Sanchez

International students who are on F-1 Visas which also called ”student visas,” not only have the opportunity to experience a diverse culture and obtain an academic degree from the U.S.A., but are also permitted to practice and develop their skills in their particular field once they have graduated.For that reason, there is an established program by the U.S. government called “OPT” which means “Optional Practical Training.”

All international students who had maintained lawful status and had completed a degree are qualified for 12 months of OPT.

This is an opportunity granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to put their acquired skills into practice, by getting a job in their field of study.

It is important to mention that international students who are still attending school are permitted to get a job only on the school campus and are limited to work 20 hours per week or less.

In effect, international students who are about to conclude their study program and plan to apply for OPT must submit an application ahead of time before completing their course of study.

With the time limit to apply being 90 days before graduating, all students on OPT are required to finish the program within 14 months following completion of their program of study.

International students can get a global understanding in their particular field and a better vision of the world around.

Unique cultural experiences along with superior academic opportunites will offer international students a better professional and personal career.

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