F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

All post-completion F-1 students eligible for optional practical training (OPT) are encouraged to use OPT to begin their appointment at Princeton. OPT must be directly related to the F-1 student's field of study, but is otherwise a flexible type of work authorization. F-1 students on OPT need to maintain working a minimum of 20 hours per week, but may do this by working for multiple employers. Post-completion OPT is granted for up to 12 months.  New Princeton scholars should apply for OPT through their F-1 visa school sponsor.  Learn more about F-1 OPT employment at Princeton through the navigation below.