Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Mandatory Online OPT Session

If you are interested in post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), you will need to review the mandatory online OPT Training Session found by clicking the image below before you can submit an OPT application to the ISSI. As part of the online Session, you will be required to complete a Statement of Compliance. In addition, you must pay a $200Post-Graduation Administrative Fee via your MyNEU account; the instructions for payment are below. Without completing both the Statement of Compliance and paying the OPT Fee, you will not be allowed to submit an OPT application.

When you have completed the online Session, submitted the Statement of Compliance, and paid the OPT Fee, then you may submit a completed OPT application to the ISSI at 405 Ell Hall during the following times only:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
If you are interested in pre-Completion OPT, then please reference the "Pre-Completion OPT" documents on the Forms section of our website.

If you have questions after you have completed the Online Session, or would prefer to overview everything in-person, you may find it helpful to attend an OPT Seminar. Be sure to check out our Fall schedules.

Looking to network for a job? Click here to join a LinkedIn group set up by Northeastern University's Office of Career Development specifically designed for international students and alum to network for employment. Do NOT to accept visa or immigration advice from other members! For such concerns, please contact the ISSI or an immigration attorney.

Post-Graduation Administrative Fee Instructions

For all OPT applications submitted to the ISSI, a post-graduation administrative fee of $200 will be required as part of the OPT application packet. Payment of this fee must be made through your myNEU account. Please refer to the instructions below on how to make your payment. Please be aware that this is separate from the filing fee that is submitted along with the I-765 Application Form to USCIS.

1. Log into your myNEU account, and select the NUPay link by clicking on the red wagon

2. Select the Make Payment link on the blue menu bar.

3. Select the ISSI OPT Fee link on the page to be able to add it to the NUPay Basket

4. You will next see a description of the ISSI OPT Fee. Click on Add to NUPay Basket to continue

5. You will then be taken to your online shopping cart. Press the Checkout button on the right and you will be prompted to enter information from a credit card, debit card or an electronic check. Once you have completed the transaction you will receive a confirmation of payment email in your NU email account. Please keep this email for your records.