OPT, CPT and EAD Resources

There’s a lot written about new rules and regulations for international students.  Here are just a few of the articles we culled on the subject of student visas, OPT, CPT and EAD.


1. Study in the States

This US government guide offers everything international students need to know about studying at US Colleges and Universities: visa information; forms, backgrounders, blogs and updates on Covid-19’s impact.


2. Updated Visa Guidelines

3. What International Students Should Know About Maintaining their Visa Status

4. What to know about OPT

All of the US News & World Report articles are well-written, clear and chock full of useful information.  This weekly news magazine is known for its coverage of US colleges and universities and for the annual list of “Best Colleges” it has been publishing for years.

Companies Hiring OPT Students


Here are two sources of job postings for foreign students.   We’re not sure how current or reliable these listings are, so please give us feedback and we’ll share it here.

1. Linkedin pages specifically for foreign students.

2. A website with job postings along with tips on how to write resumes, cover letters, etc.


Youtube Videos:

Yudi:  Biggest Myth of OPT – 90 Days to Find a Job /EAD Card Process


Yudi tells you how to manage the 90-day period of time you have to look for work and/or start a job. He also talks about “How and when to get an EAD Card.”

Everything You Need to Know About Working While Attending School With an F1 Visa: 


This video covers On-Campus Employment/CPT: Curricular Practical Training PT, OPT: Optional Practical Training. There's lots of good information here. Yash just talks too fast and his visuals aren't great.

Yash has a website

It features a directory of US Colleges & Universities that accept foreign students, and it has info on test prep; application advice; interview tips, etc.  It’s very comprehensive, but not very slick.  


There's a list of organizations that hire foreign students. This sounds like it could be the “key to the kingdom,” but it’s a fake-out.  The list of organizations is just a list – mostly of colleges, medical schools, labs, foundations and research centers. We will be checking out these organizations and reporting back to you, so stay tuned.


How to Ace an Online Job Interview

From the NYT

A handful of classic techniques and some tips unique to the work-from-home era can help you land that next job.

Remote Interviews Are the Worst, Unless You're Prepared Like This

From The Muse

If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.

Stop Calling Asian Women Adorable

From the NYT

When I'm at work I want to talk about work. Not my hair or skin. It’s impossible for me to catalog all the times I’ve been in a professional setting when someone thought it appropriate to tell me about my appearance...

From Reuters

Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admissions.

From Forbes

Entrepreneurs with non-native accents are less likely to receive new-venture funding, and job candidates with non-native accents are less likely to be recommended for management positions.  These are the findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

From View from Madison Avenue

Some candidates are so anxious to get a new job and an offer that they neglect to ask tough questions of the companies and people they are meeting.  The result is that they end up making poor decisions.  

From Career Contessa

Sometimes it's the little things that sabotage your chance at a new career.

From the Muse

You know that weird feeling between excitement and dread that accompanies an invitation to interview? It’s especially strong when you know next to nothing about your potential workplace.

But, even if the first time you’ve ever heard of the company you’re interviewing with was the day you sent in your application, you can still walk in like you’ve known about the place for years. Here are several ways to tackle researching the company pre-interview.

From The Muse

We've gathered some tips from around the web on quick things you can do to make your resume shine just a little bit brighter.

From Idealist

Elevator pitches will always be a necessary evil of the job hunt. We can change the name, eliminate the elevator, and avoid the awkward intros – but that, “So tell me about yourself/what do you do?/who are you?” question is inevitable, and we know it. Though everyone has different ideas of what makes a great elevator pitch, when we get back to basics we realize that there are only three true rules to consider...

From Business Insider

How do you get people interested in you when you only have 30 seconds?


Whether you're at a job interview, networking at a cocktail party, or run into Warren Buffett in the elevator, quickly persuading others to think you're the most interesting person they'll meet is no easy task...

From Vanessa Van Edwards

We review an elevator pitch, and tell you what you should and shouldn't do in your elevator pitch.

From Nadexa Group

LinkedIn is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has grown to more than 200 million users worldwide. That’s a pretty awesome stage for your professional bio! You want to make sure people can find you, and that your profile is readable and up-to-date. This week’s post is how to put your best foot forward.

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