F-1 Optional Practical Training

PLEASE NOTE: For REGULAR 12-Month OPT Applicants, you MUST have your documents checked by ISS before your OPT appointment.

For students looking to apply for OPT, they must have their documents reviewed.

This semester, the review times are as follows:
Mondays/Thursdays: 1-4pm
Fridays: 9-12pm

**You will not be seen for your appointment without having your documents checked prior**

PLEASE NOTE: For STEM 17-Month OPT Extension Applicants, you MUST have your employment verification letter reviewed by ISS before your OPT Extension appointment.

For students looking to apply for OPT Extension, please scan and email your employment verification letter to opt@bridgeport.edu.

For details on what the letter should include, please review the sample template online.

Please allow adequate time for the letters to be reviewed.


12-month OPT

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain actual employment experience in your current major field of study. OPT is for a maximum of one year, per higher degree level (bachelor’s, master’s...

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17-month STEM OPT Extension

Effective August 29, 2011, a one-time administrative fee of $200 will be charged to students who apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please make the check out to “University of Bridgeport”...

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Cap Gap

The following information addresses the automatic extension of F-1 student status and employment if eligible in the United States for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions...

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