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Applying for Optional Practical Training

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Step 1: Submit a request to SISS for an OPT I-20


Screen capture from iGlobal to request an OPT I-20
  • Complete all required e-forms at iGlobal, which includes uploading: 
  • While waiting for your new I-20 with an OPT recommendation, gather the required application materials for Step 2

Step 2: Mail the following materials to USCIS 

Make sure to assemble in the following order as required by the instructions (failure to do so may result in rejection or denial):

  • Check or money order payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Check the current filing fee before submitting.
  • Optional (highly recommended): Form G-1145  to receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your application has been accepted and the receipt number you will use to track your case.
  • Letter declaring that any field left blank in the I-765 means it does not apply (provided by SISS).
  • Original I-765 application form 
    • The physical signature MUST fit inside the box and be signed with black ink. Electronic signatures are not acceptable
    • Any previous CPT or OPT must be documented in part 6 (see the workshop slides or the I-765 instructions for recommended method)  
    • Any previous SEVIS numbers must be documented in part 6 (see the workshop slides or the I-765 instructions for recommended method)
  • Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record 
  • A copy of your last EAD (front and back) if you have been issued an EAD card by USCIS in the past 
  • Photocopy of passport biographical information, showing passport expiration date 

  • Photocopy of the new I-20 with the OPT recommendation (all pages) 

  • 2 photos (taken within the past 30 days, white background, 2” x 2”– see Photo guidelines (Print lightly in pencil or felt pen on back of photos full name, A-Number (if any from previous EAD), and date of birth)

  • If you expect to receive your EAD while you are residing in the state of California, mail documents to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox via an express mail courier (Federal Express, UPS, DHL, etc.) to:  
    Attn: NFB AOS 
    1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S 
    Suite 100 
    Phoenix, AZ 85034

    If you are applying from outside California, please consult this United States Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage for the appropriate location to mail your application materials.