New Tip Sheet For F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training

The CIS Ombudsman released a tip sheet on How F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) Can Avoid Form I-765 Delays in response to feedback from stakeholders. These tips can help students avoid delays with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Key Points in the Tip Sheet
  • Check USCIS’ website for updates before you submit Form 1-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
  • Make sure Form I-20, Certification of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, is signed, dated, and endorsed for the correct type of employment authorization.
  • Apply online.
  • Submit your Form I-765 within 30 days of the date listed by the designated school official (DSO) in the Date Issued section on Form I-20 (or within 60 days for an OPT extension for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students).
  • Submit a properly completed Form I-20 together with Form I-765 at the same time.
  • Update your mailing address with both USCIS and the U.S. Postal Service.
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