Optional Practical Training (OPT)

**Download the the OPT/STEM Checklist in the instructions below to help with your application.**

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization available to F-1 international students. 

OPT Reporting Requirements

You are still a South Dakota Mines F-1 student. While on OPT, you are required to keep your SEVIS record up-to-date and report certain information to maintain your F-1 status. Reporting information can include but is not limited to: your physical address (no P.O. Boxes), employment information, and any other status reports.

South Dakota Mines OPT Reporting Form

USCIS OPT Processing Times

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota Mines
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Email: International@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
WhatsApp and Google: 1.605.388.2003
Skype: sdsmt.international

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