How to Apply for OPT

Step 1

  • Attend an OPT Meeting by enrolling in the online OPT training course in Canvas. To request enrollment in the course, please email and include your full name and UNH ID number.
  • Complete and submit OISS's online OPT Request Form
    • Login to eOISS
      • Under the heading F-1 Practical Training, choose "OPT Request 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.
  • 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 graduation date. An application includes:

  • Completed Form G-1145
  • Completed Form I-765
  • 2 passport style photographs less than 30 days old (with your SEVIS Number written lightly in pencil on the back)
  • Personal Check, Money Order, or Certified Bank Check for filing fee made out to the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" (do NOT abbreviate). 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)
  • 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
  • Copy of previous EAD (front and back), if applicable

Mail your application to:

(Effective January 21, 2021)
For Priority Mail (USPS) deliveries:
PO Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680
For FedEx, UPS, & DHL deliveries:
Attn. I-765 C03
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

NOTE: Once authorization to engage in OPT has been granted and an EAD has been issued, authorization may not be rescinded or canceled.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.