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F-1 Optional Practical Training
Class Dean’s Recommendation
The purpose of this form is to provide a recommendation for an international student to undertake practical
training in her field of studies. This document is part of the application process necessary for obtaining a work
authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
According to the Code of Federal Regulations (8CFR.214.2(f)(10)(ii), Practical Training is available to F-1
(international) students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for at least nine consecutive
months. The employment must be related to the student’s major field of study. It is limited to a maximum of
12 months of full-time employment, with an option for an additional 24 months for students majoring in the
STEM fields.
Student’s Name: ___________________ _________________________ Class: ______________________
(first) (last)
Major: ___________________________________
The above named student is currently enrolled as a full-time student at Wellesley College, is in good
academic standing, and is expected to complete studies on: ___________________________________.
She is now applying for a period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in a job related to her field of study.
This training would be most valuable to the student in her future career by providing actual practical
experience to supplement her academic studies. By signing below, I recommend the student for Optional
Practical Training.
Additional comments:
Name (please print): _________________________ ___________________________
(first) (last)
Signature: __________________________________________ Date: _______________