Overview of OPT Application Process

To begin your OPT application follow these steps in sequential order:

  1. Review all subjects in our OPT web guide.
  2. Fill out the application forms (G-1145 and I-765) and prepare all materials.
  3. Create and submit an Optional Practical Training (OPT) request in OISS Connect.
  4. Confirm completion of your academic approval in your OISS Connect request. 
  5. After completing steps 1 - 4 you should email your OISS adviser for next steps. Due to COVID-19 closures your adviser will need to email you a copy of your I-20 and send the original to your U.S. residential location.
  6. Mail your completed application to USCIS.