Updating your OPT/CPT status on your Student Profile

Shannon Hittson -

As a student, it is important to update your Handshake profile to reflect that you are an international student who is eligible for OPT/CPT training if that is the case. Within Handshake, this information will not be automatically populated on your profile. 

By populating this field, you are clearly communicating with employers who are looking to hire OPT/CPT eligible candidates that you meet this qualification.

1. Navigate to User Settings by clicking your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will bring up a dropdown list of options. Click the User Settings option. 

2. On the screen that appears, check the box for Require US Sponsorship? about halfway down the page. If this box is already populated, skip to step 3.

3. By checking this box, you will prompt another checkbox to appear: OPT/CPT eligible? as well as a link to more information about OPT, CPT and eligibility. Check this box if you are eligible.

4. When these two boxes are checked, make sure to click Update User in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

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