Update on USCIS OPT Receipts
USCIS has extended certain flexibilities to applicants filing form I-765 for OPT as of 02/26/2021. Please read through the announcement carefully. It outlines 14-month OPT period flexibilities while approving applications reflecting the same amount of time originally recommended by your DSO at UTA on your I-20 form.
Also, USCIS recognizes that the lockbox delays may have resulted on rejected applications, and therefore will accept a refiled I-765 as filed on the original filing date under certain circumstances.
You can find additional details here: