International Student Services

March 3, 2020

How to Learn About OPT

OPT Orientation Video*

Start with our OPT Orientation video. *Note: the OPT I-20 request process described in the video is out of date, though all other instructions are current. Use our webform to request an OPT I-20 from ISS; we no longer accept the paper OPT I-20 request form.

When and How to Apply: Instructions

Next, review the ISS website’s step-by-step instructions about when and how to apply for OPT.

I-765 Completion Guide

We recommend using our I-765 Completion Guide when completing the I-765 form.

OPT Information Sessions

We offer OPT information sessions about the regulations and application process. Please take a look at upcoming workshop times on our website.

After You Get Your OPT I-20 from ISS: OPT Drop-In Sessions

If you have specific questions about your OPT application materials, we offer drop-in sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. These sessions are cancelled this week and will resume March 10; ISS is prioritizing processing OPT I-20s this week.

These sessions are first-come, first-served and limited to 5 minutes per student, so please come prepared. This will not be a full packet review, but instead will be an opportunity to address specific questions or concerns you may have.

Additional Information

If you have questions not covered in our resources above, let us know via the Contact ISS form. We will first answer your questions by email; for complex questions, we will provide a link to make an appointment.