How to Apply for OPT

Step 1

1. Attend an OPT Meeting. OISS offers OPT Meetings every semester. For a complete schedule, email

2. Complete and submit OISS's online OPT Recommendation Form.

  • Login to eOISS
    • Under the heading F-1 Practical Training, choose "OPT Recommendation Form"
  • When completing your eForm, you will need to upload:
  • Before submitting your eForm, please meet with your Academic Advisor.
    • After you submit your eForm, your advisor will be sent an email notification to support your request.

3. An OISS Advisor will review your eForm and schedule an individual meeting with you. If appropriate, the OISS Advisor will issue a new Form I-20 with a recommendation for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Step 2

Submit a complete application to the USCIS 90 days before your OPT employment start date. An application includes:

  • Completed Form G-1145 E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance;
  • Completed Form I-765 with original signature in BLUE ink and the appropriate code for Number 16;
  • 2 passport style photographs (with your SEVIS Number written lightly in pencil on the back). We recommend that you place the photos in a small plastic bag and then paper-clip the bag to your application.
  • Personal Check, Money Order, or Certified Bank Check for filing fee made out to the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" (do NOT abbreviate). Paper-clip the check to the front/top of your application. Check the current filing fee.
  • Copy of Form I-20 with OISS Advisor's recommendation for OPT;
  • Copies of ALL previously issued I-20s (front and back), if applicable;
  • Copies of certain passport pages: photo, date of birth, date of passport's issue and expiration, most recent F-1 visa stamp;
  • Copy of most recent I-94 record; and
  • Copy of previous EAD (front and back), if applicable.

Mail your application to:

For Priority Mail deliveries
PO Box 660867
Dallas TX 75266

For Express Mail and Courier deliveries
Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy 121 Business
Lewisville TX 75067

NOTE: Once authorization to engage in OPT has been granted and an EAD has been issued, authorization may not be rescinded or canceled. Consult with OISS before taking any action that may jeopardize your OPT.