Reminder: OPT I-20 Needed

Do not submit your OPT application to USCIS without first obtaining an OPT recommendation I-20 from the OIS.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications must be submitted to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for review and processing.  USCIS accepts OPT application hardcopies by mail, and also offers an online application tool within MyUSCIS.

For Pre- and Post-Completion OPT, USCIS must receive your OPT application no more than 30 days after your OPT recommendation I-20 was issued.  For STEM OPT, USCIS must receive your OPT application no more than 60 days after the OPT recommendation I-20 was issued.