Post-completion OPT is the employment authorization used after program completion to work in a field related to your major for students in F-1 status.
 

WHEN TO APPLY​

The timeline for OPT is very broad and can be chosen based on personal preference. You need to take certain things into consideration such as:
  • ​Do you want to be eligible to work immediately after graduation?
  • Will you need to have time after graduation to do interviews or seek employment?
  • Would you prefer to choose the latest start date possible so you can have time in the U.S. before beginning employment?
A timeline is outlined below to help you understand the limitations.
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HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Attend an OPT workshop. 
             2017 Workshops: January 12, 18, 24, 4PM-5PM, Trone 209
 
Step 2: Gather the necessary documents to apply.
  • ​Completed Form I-765. Make sure to include the address as follows:
      • ​Street: c/o Intl Ed 3300 Poinsett Hwy
      • City: Greenville
      • State: SC
      • Zip code: 29613
    • For tips on completing the I-765, see our guide here​.
  • A check or money order made out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $410.
  • A completed form G-1145​
  • Photocopies of all previous issued I-20s
  • Photocopy of your F-1 visa (except for citizens of Canada and Bermuda)
  • Printed I-94 record
  • Photocopy of your passport identification page
  • Two passport style photos
Step 3: Complete the OPT APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT form, attach it to the list of documents above, and drop it off at the front desk of The Student Activities office.
 
Step 4: Within three business days,  you will receive an email that your OPT packet is ready to be picked up. When you pick up your packet, you will receive the documents you submitted along with three additional documents:
  • I-20 endorsed for Optional Practical Training
  • OPT Packet Corrections
  • OPT Next Steps
Step 5: Make the noted corrections and mail your entire packet within 30 days to the following address:
 

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) First-Class and Priority Mail Express deliveries:

USCIS
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266

For overnight/courier deliveries (non-USPS):

USCIS
Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067​

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