OPT Application Instructions and Forms


The instructions and forms for Pre-Completion, Post-Completion and the STEM OPT Extension are posted below. Please download and review the related handouts before submitting the forms to ISS. While your request is being processed by ISS, please refer to the Application and Mailing Instructions section below.

All students who have been approved for OPT by the federal government are required to keep their personal and employment contact information up-to-date through the ISS OPT Data System.

ISS does not recommend efileing Form I-765. Students who have done so have experienced significant delay in the processing of their EAD card.
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training


To determine which majors at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and TAMU at Galveston qualify for the 17-Month Extension of OPT, please refer to the documents below:

Application and Mailing Instructions

Please read the F-1 OPT: Application and Mailing Instructions handout to learn what should be included in a complete OPT application as well as how to mail the complete application to the appropriate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center for all three types of OPT.

Please use the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization to apply for OPT.

last updated: 06/2011
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