Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an F-1 employment authorization that allows students the opportunity to work off-campus before graduation in a position directly related to their field of study after completing one year of study in full-time status. Pre-Completion OPT gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they are gaining in their degree program at Georgetown Law.

The steps below outline the Pre-Completion OPT application process.

NOTE: USCIS fee increases take effect on April 1, 2024. The current Form I-765 application filing fee is $410. To receive a Form I-20 with Pre-Completion OPT recommendation before April 1, 2024, you must complete Steps 1 & 2 by 5:00 PM on March 27, 2024. Any Form I-765 applications submitted to USCIS on April 1, 2024 or later will be subject to the fee increase.