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Work Authorization

Career Services Resume Clinic

Click the links below to find more information about employment options based on your visa type:

Note: If you have already started a specific online form, do not start a new one. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your online form.

Before Graduation

While on OPT

Once approved for OPT, you will need to report changes in your information within 10 days of any change.
  • OPT Reporting Instructions (see below for STEM OPT reporting instructions)
  • Travel while on OPT- must have:
    • OPT I-20 with a valid travel signature (located on page 2)
      • Although Form I-20 indicates a validity period of one year for travel signatures, visa regulations set a shorter validity period of 6 months for travel signatures on I-20s used by students on post-completion OPT
    • Letter from employer
    • Valid F-1 student visa (entry permit)
    • Valid passport
    • EAD card
    • Here is a grid showing levels of risk for traveling during different stages of OPT processing and employment

OPT Validation

While on OPT you must report every six months to validate your information.
  1. Click the OPT Login button below
    • Login with your non-Cal Poly email used for this site. If you do not remember your login, email and ask for a password reset for this site.
  2. On your User Home Page, select either your current Optional Practical Training (OPT) (F-M) program or your STEM OPT Extension (F-M) if you have an approved STEM OPT extension.
  3. Answer the appropriate validation questionnaire(s).
Ready to validate? Use this OPT Login​ link, then navigate to your STEM OPT Extension (F/M) or your Optional Practical Training (OPT) (F/M) application.

STEM OPT Extension