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Updated April 26, 2021

As of April 2021, USCIS is accepting both paper and online Form I-765 applications for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the 24-month STEM Extension of Optional Practical Training. These instructions refer to the traditional paper Form I-765 application process. Go to our Online I-765 application page for information about the online process.

In both cases, you will be required to submit the same information and send in the same supporting documents. The paper version requires you to print, sign, and mail your application packet to USCIS. The online version allows you to submit all required information and supporting documents online through the USCIS's myUSCIS portal.


DO NOT start the I-765 application process UNLESS you have already received a new OPT or STEM Extension OPT I-20 from the International Center. You cannot apply for OPT or the STEM Extension of OPT until you have received your new OPT I-20 or STEM Extension I-20 from the International Center. Read more about applying for F-1 post-completion OPT or the 24-month STEM Extension of OPT.