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Internship and OPT from F-1 visa

pianist

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    Hi ,

    Just wondering what people's experiences were like applying for OPT on an F-1 visa as a foreign citizen at a US school. Did you apply 120 days in advance, well before match day? What dates did you put if you didn't know what program you were going to? How did you resolve any problems between your OPT dates, and the program contract dates, intern orientation, etc.

    Comments much appreciated

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    ARAP

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      OPT means Optional Practical Tainning (in full) issued by the US dept. of Immigration and Naturalization. It's meant for Int. Studens in the US and mostly used as authorization to do internship and any other practs. for a year before joining grad school.

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      docbill

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        ARAP said:
        OPT means Optional Practical Tainning (in full) issued by the US dept. of Immigration and Naturalization. It's meant for Int. Studens in the US and mostly used as authorization to do internship and any other practs. for a year before joining grad school.

        ~~Our lives begin to die the day our mouths start to remain silent about the things that matter~~

        ____ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ____

        Thanks for the definition... is OPT only 6 month... or can that be a full residency in IM or anything else.

        ALso a question about those who do go south for medical training. We use F1 visa, then when we apply for residency through ERAS system. Do we change our visa to H1 (or do we need to find a residency that will sponsor H1), are we considered as IMG or US trained and get equal chance of residency as any US citizen.

        Thanks
        BA
         
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