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OPT/ USCIS Updates

OPT/ USCIS Updates

 

April 28, 2021: USICS Now accepts online applications for OPT

On April 12, 2021, USCIS announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories:

(c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT;
(c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
(c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

The new USCIS online form allows students to easily manage their OPT application throughout its life cycle. Through the online form, students can: 

  • Reduce mailing costs and delivery times 
  • Have fees deducted from credit cards or bank account immediately 
  • Access and respond to USCIS notices quickly 
  • Send secure messages to USCIS or request corrections  

Students filing in any one of these three categories can access ISSS' I-765 online application walkthrough guide which contains recommendations for how to file your I-765 online. Students may also elect to file their application by mail instead of online; a mailed application walkthrough guide is also available. If you have questions about your application, please contact an ISSS student advisor by chat or by appointment.