OPT Procedure

OPT Timeline

Note: Do not apply OPT online without notifying your DSO.

 OPT Timeline

OPT Procedure

 OPT Procedure

Required Documentation for I-765 Online Application:

The required documents are called “evidence” in your I-765 application. 

  • 2 x 2 photos of you: Make sure you follow the instructions here.
  • Form I-94
  • Employment Authorization Document: If you have previously issued an EAD card.
  • Post-completion CPT or OPT (If you have any previously authorized CPT or OPT)
  • Form I-20: Upload the Form I-20 with OPT request. It doesn’t say to upload your previous I-20s but it is best practice to upload all your previous I-20s.
  • [STEM OPT] College degree: Upload your degree that shows the STEM OPT qualifying degree