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Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for one year on a student visa towards getting practical training to complement their education. Please contact the [InternationalEducation Center] for further information including how to apply. 

http://www.smc.edu/EnrollmentDevelopment/IEC/Pages/default.aspx

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