Spring 2021 Immigration FAQ
Questions about Practical Training (CPT and OPT)
Currently, students must maintain F‑1 status and be present in the US to apply for OPT. SEVP has maintained that F-1 students cannot apply for OPT from abroad.
An F-1 student accrues eligibility for practical training whether they are inside or outside of the United States during the COVID-19 emergency if the student is in Active status in SEVIS and meets the requirements of their school’s procedural change plans submitted to SEVP.