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Forms » OPT Pre-Completion

Attention: USCIS intended to change the I-765 form and fees on 10/02/2020. On 09/29/2020 a U.S. District Court issued a stay on the new fee rule. While the rule is blocked USCIS will continue to accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees. The Office of International Education will continue to monitor the situation, but it is important that students check the USCIS I-765 website on the day of mailing the application to confirm that they are using the correct form edition. Students should also use the USCIS fee calculator on the day of mailing to confirm that they are including the correct fees.

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

Pre-Completion OPT is a work authorization used in limited circumstances primarily  for students who have coursework remaining, have used 2 semesters of CPT and  would like to work prior to graduation. If you still have coursework remaining, pre-completion OPT is limited to part-time (20 hours per week or less) during the fall and spring semesters and may be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during non-required summer sessions or other official university breaks. See the OPT General Overview for a complete discussion of this category.

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.
  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. 


$410* please consult the USCIS fee calculator on the day you mail the application to confirm current fees.


I-765 - Application for Employment Authorization (Section - Forms and Document Downloads)

Sample of I-765

OPT Pre-Completion Form

OPT Completion of Program Form

OPT Status Maintenance Form

OPT Made Simple – Watch video tutorial below.

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