Employment Workshops

The Office of International Services offers workshops for F-1 & J-1 students regarding their employment rights and benefits in the United States.

Throughout the year, OIS presents workshops on the process on how to file for Optional Practical Training, work authorization granted through USCIS for a period of 12 months. Find out about when to file, what you need to submit, and regulations specifically pertaining to Optional Practical Training including the 90 days of unemployment rule.


  1. Are you completing your program during the Spring semester?
  2. Do you plan to file an application with USCIS for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? 

If you answered YES to those questions, attendance at an OPT Workshop is required before OIS can issue you an OPT Recommendation I-20. During the workshop we will cover OPT eligibility, the timeline and process for applying, the forms to fill out, and what to expect from USCIS. 

The next workshops will take place on:

Tuesday February 15 @ 11am

Thursday February 24 @ 3pm

Wednesday March 2 @ 10am

Thursday March 10 @ 2pm

Friday March 25 @ 11am Register Now (via Cisco WebEx)

Tuesday April 19 @ 11am Register Now (in-person)

Email ois@govst.edu to register for a session.