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Office of International Programs

Optional Practical Training (OPT) - Post-completion

Post completion OPT allows international students to gain temporary off-campus employment directly related to the studentsí major field of study after graduation. It is limited to 12 months per degree level. A job offer is not required to apply for OPT.

Eligibility Requirements

Answering a few questions you might have about OPT:

OPT Filing Instructions:
You may meet with the International Student Coordinator before you send the OPT application package if you would like it to be reviewed. Please call 701-858-3348 to schedule a time to meet, or e-mail to request an appointment. Make sure you to bring a completed OPT application package with you at the appointment.


Documents for OPT application (to obtain the EAD card):

Mail the above materials to:
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

For Express mail and courier service deliveries:

Mail with return receipt requested as proof of mailing. It must be received by USCIS before the end of your 60 grace period.

EAD card processing:

During OPT:


OPT extension to 29 months for STEM students:

The student will send the following to USCIS to apply for the extension:

During the STEM Extension

Resource Links:


Last updated June 25, 2014