Applying for Optional Practical Training

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



I-global OPT login page
  • 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)

  • Mail documents to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox via an express mail courier (Federal Express, UPS, DHL, etc... If you do not have a CA address on your I-765, contact SISS to check which lockbox you should use).

    • For FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. (overnight / courier deliveries), address should read: 
      Attn: NFB AOS 
      1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S 
      Suite 100 
      Phoenix, AZ 85034