12-Month Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Checklist

Step 1 – Complete Requirements with ISSS

  • Please note that you will need to take a quiz connected to the OPT presentation as part of the OPT I-20 request process in iNorthTX.

Submit the following via iNorthTX:

  • Complete Optional Practical Training (OPT) Request for a new I-20
  • You must receive new OPT I-20 with OPT listed on page 2 BEFORE you apply to USCIS
  • Copy of $100 OPT payment receipt (OPT Payments)
  • Complete the Post-Completion OPT Quiz in iNorthTX
  • Copy of EAD card (only if you received an EAD in the past)

ISSS will review your application and prepare your OPT I-20 in SEVIS. This may take up to 7 business days. 

  • During this time, it is advised that you begin Step 2.
  • ISSS will notify you via email when your OPT I-20 has been issued.
  • Your OPT I-20 will be electronically signed and sent to you by email.
Step 2 - Prepare Your Application for USCIS

Pay the USCIS Fee

  • If filing online, you can pay the USCIS filing fee by credit card, debit card, or ACH (automatic withdrawal from funds from your bank account) as the last step before submitting your application.
  • If filing by mail, you will need a check or money order payable to the Department of Homeland Security OR signed G-1450 Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
  • Please note that filing fees may change without notice. It is recommended that you verify the current filing fee on the USCIS website before sending in your application.

Gather application documents:

Passport Style Photo

  • Color photo with white background taken no earlier than 30 days before submission to USCIS.
  • Photo must be be unmounted; glossy and unretouched.
  • Photo must be a full-front-facing pose, as in a passport photo.
  • Your head should be bare unless you are wearing a headdress as required by a religious order to which you belong.
  • A photographer familiar with "passport photos" can help. For additional information see the Department of State website for details.
  • If filing via the mail-in option, you will need two (2) color passport-style photos. Lightly print your name and your I-94 number on the back of each photo with a pencil. We recommend you place both photos in a small plastic bag or envelope.

Completed Form I-765 

  • If filing via mail, check online at http://www.uscis.gov to ensure you have the latest version.
  • If filing online, you will complete the I-765 by answering the questionnaire on the website.  An I-765 will then be auto-generated for you to review as part of the online application. The code for Post-Completion OPT is (c)(3)(B).
  • If filing by mail, respond to Question #27 by writing (c)(3)(B) within the parentheses.

Include your personal address or the ISSS address on form I-765.

If you would like to use the ISSS address, please use:
1155 Union Circle #311067
Denton, TX 76203-5017

If filing online, you may need to drop the "#" before 311067 as the system may not accept the "#". This will not affect the delivery of your receipt/EAD card .

Copy of pages 1 and 2 of the new I-20 showing the OPT recommendation.

  • Make sure to sign the I-20 (the “STUDENT ATTESTATION” on page 1 before you make a copy) by hand in ink.
  • Verify that your I-20 has your OPT Authorization listed on page 2. If you don't see the OPT authorization at the top of page 2, DO NOT use that 1-20 to file and contact our office as soon as possible! 

Employment Authorization on page 2 of I20

  • The Post OPT recommendation must have been entered in SEVIS within the last 30 days. Failure to observe this requirement will result in the denial of your application by USCIS. 

Print out your I-94  (If you travelled before April 2013, make photocopies of both sides of your I-94 card. If you have one, it will be a white paper card in your passport.)

Copy of your passport identity, expiry, and visa page(s).

Copy of previous EAD Card(s) (only if received in the past)

CPT Screenshot (Required only if you have had CPT at this degree level)

G-1145 (only if you are mailing your application)

  • This form will allow the Lockbox facility to send you an email or text message when they receive your application.
  • Place G-1145 on top of your application packet.
  • This form is encouraged but not mandatory.
Step 3: File online OR mail your application to USCIS

You may file your application online OR mail hard copies of your application to USCIS. 

For the Mail-In Option:

  • Review the I-765 instructions to ensure the proper mailing address.
  • Delivery receipts are recommended.
  • Make a copy of the entire packet for your records.

If mailing via United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail or Certified Mail with Return Receipt:

Attn: I-765 C03
P.O. Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680-5374

If mailing via FEDEX, UPS, DHL & Other courier services:

Attn: I-765 C03 (Box 805373)
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
  • Check the USCIS website for the most up to date filing address. Please note that the address for mailing through USPS and through express mail or a courier service is different. Verify the correct address before sending.
  • USCIS will send a receipt letter (mailed to ISSS or the address listed under Part 2, Question #5 on your I-765) several weeks after they receive your application.
  • If you choose to use the UNT ISSS Office address, you authorize ISSS staff to open USCIS correspondence and make a copy for your file.
  • If you file online, you should receive an immediate proof of receipt and the official Notice of Receipt (I-797C) will be sent a few weeks later. 

USCIS now permits premium processing of OPT applications for a fee. Information about premium processing and current fees can be found on the USCIS website.  

USCIS regulations and procedures are subject to change with little notice.

Always check the USCIS website for the most up to date information.