Students applying for OPT MUST request an I-20 with an OPT Recommendation by submitting an OPT Request in ISSDeacs before they apply with USCIS. If a student submits an I-765 OPT Application to USCIS without an OPT Recommendation I-20 from ISS their application will be denied and they will not be able to get a refund on their fee.

What is it?

  • 12 month work authorization period
  • A student is required to engage in employment that is directly related to the course of study listed on the Form I-20. ALL opportunities pursued while on OPT must directly relate back to the student’s major course of study.
  • OPT is not a separate visa category; the student remains in F-1 student visa status that is sponsored by Wake Forest University.


  • F-1 visa holders only
  • Enrolled for a minimum of 9 academic months (2 semesters)

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