The Office of International Education will no longer mail out STEM OPT applications.
Students are responsible for mailing out their STEM OPT applications.
Mailing instructions are available click here.



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Forms » OPT POST-COMPLETION

Please attend one of the OPT seminars if you have any questions regarding OPT. See the OPT Seminar Schedule for more info.

Post-Completion OPT is a work authorization used for students who have completed coursework requirements and want to start work to gain experience in their chosen field of study. See the OPT General Overview for a complete discussion of this category.

  • The last date the OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Fall 2015 graduates is: Wednesday February 4, 2016
  • The earliest date we will start accepting OPT applications for Spring 2016 graduates is: Monday February 8, 2016
  • Earliest possible start date for post-completion OPT for Spring 2016 graduates: Friday May 13, 2016
  • The last date the OIE can guarantee OPT I-20 processing for Spring 2016 graduates is: Tuesday June 28, 2016
Note: These dates exclude students who wish to use thesis/dissertation defense date as program completion date and those who may want to apply for OPT based on summer I enrollment only. In both instances, students should discuss details with an advisor.

Request workflow:

  1. Submit the four forms/documents below to the OIE front desk. We recommend that you type the I-765. A sample of a filled I-765 is available here.
  2. Within 7-10 business days, OIE will print a new I-20 and contact you to come and sign/pick-up new I-20.
  3. After you have signed the I-20, you will need to mail your application to USCIS. See OPT Mailing Instructions page for mailing instructions. The application must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the recommendation being added to the I-20. USCIS is currently denying requests where the OPT recomendation is more than 30 days old on the date they receive the application.
  4. The OIE will contact you when your card arrives.  You may:
    • Pick up the card yourself.
    • Send an email authorizing a specific person to pick up the card for you.
    • Provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail the card to you. 

Cost:

$380

Management and Processing Fee - $100 ( More Details : Payment Process )

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