F-1 OPT USCIS Application

When preparing the OPT application, download the Application Checklist as a reference for assembling the required materials. 

Application Checklist

Please Note: USCIS new fee and form changes are on hold. Students should use the I-765 Form 8/25 edition and $410 fee until further notice. 

Find Form I-765 here

REMINDER: The OPT application must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the date on which ISSS issues an OPT I-20.  If filed with USCIS after 30 days of the OPT I-20 issuance date, your application will be denied.

Interested in filing online?

As of April 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers F-1 students seeking pre- or post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or the STEM OPT extension the option to file Form I-765 electronically via the USCIS online portal. Follow the link below to learn more about the online I-765 filing process. Please note: Online filing is optional; you may still file via the paper process described on this page. 

Filing Form I-765 Online

OPT I-765 Visual Guide

ISSS has prepared a visual guide to help you navigate Form I-765. Please note that this is meant as a general overview of the form and should not be taken as legal guidance.

Open the guide in a new window (PDF)