An F1 student must apply to DHS for authorization for temporary employment for OPT.
If approved by DHS, the student will receive an EAD. The DSO sometimes completes page
2 of the I-20 showing approval for OPT, but an EAD from DHS is also required.
OPT may take place while school is in session, on the student’s annual vacation or
other times when school is not in session, and after completion of the course of study
or after completion of all degree requirements.
OPT may take place on OR off campus.
F-1 and M-1 English-language-program students are ineligible for optional practical