F-1 OPT iPenn Request

How To Apply

  1. Review Frequently Asked Questions and important considerations below before proceeding to the form.

  2. Complete the Mandatory Online Tutorial if you are applying for Post-Completion OPT.

  3. Submit the OPT I-20 Request Form in iPenn (using iPenn button below)

    • After review of materials submitted in iPenn, an ISSS advisor will prepare an I-20 recommending OPT on page 3.  You will receive email when this I-20 is ready for you to pick up at ISSS and submit to USCIS.


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Important Considerations
  • If you are applying for Post-Completion OPT, you will be prompted to pay the Penn Internal Processing Fee after submitting the eform in iPenn.

  • For Post-Completion OPT (non-STEM), we may shorten the program end date on your I-20 if deemed appropriate.

  • ISSS will not authorize CPT after Post-Completion OPT has been recommended. If there is any possibility for CPT in your last semester, please plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about OPT? Visit the OPT FAQ page.

Your OPT Application
What's Next?

Once you have obtained your OPT I-20 from ISSS you should submit your USCIS Application.


Learn More About Submitting Your OPT Application