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Mexico Earthquakes

On Thursday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Sept. 19 Mexico experienced two devastating earthquakes that caused extensive structural damage and loss of life.

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Optional Practical Training

International Student Services Forms

Register for the online OPT Workshop.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is a temporary employment authorization, which allows F-1 students to engage in off-campus employment related to their field of study.

  • Download more information on how to apply. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.
  • Complete the OPT Request Form. Bring this form, your completed Form I-765, your check or money order, two passport-style photos, your letter from your academic advisor, and copies of your I-94 Form (front and back), passport identity pages, photo page, passport validity date pages, and renewal (if original has expired), passport visa page, all previous I-20 Forms, and if you have one, a previous Employment Authorization Card.
  • United States Immigration and Citizenship Services Forms


Pre-/Post-Completion

Please read the instructions carefully before completing the form. Each OPT application eligibility code that could be inserted on the Form I-765 is different. Answering this question correctly is critical. 

An incorrect eligibility code will result in delay of your OPT application. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.

Effective September 1, 2017 there is now a $100.00 post-completion OPT processing fee that must be paid after you submit your documents to our office before we can begin processing your request for OPT recommendation. 

 

STEM

Effective September 1, 2017 there is now a $150.00 STEM extension OPT processing fee that must be paid to ISS after you submit your documents to our office before we can begin processing your request for OPT recommendation

 

Cap-Gap

U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations specify that duration of status (D/S) and any post-completion OPT work authorization will be extended for an F-1 student who is the beneficiary of a timely filed H-1B petition. Download this handout for more information on Cap-Gap extensions. Go to File/Save As in your browser to save the form to your desktop so that you may retain changes and email the form to others.