Optional Practical Training (OPT) Checklist

1. Student must:

  • Contact ISA in early February (late September if in the Fall) to request OPT and prepare materials for submission
  • Photocopy all previous I-20s (if from other schools, or with CPT status, etc.)
  • Complete Form I-765 (https://www.uscis.gov/i-765)
  • Write check to the order of U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $410 (required I-765 Fee)
  • Obtain 2 color passport style photos
  • Retrieve your I-94 number, and print out a copy.  (https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94)
  • Copy ID Pages of Passport

2. International Student Adviser (ISA) must:

  • Issue new OPT I-20 with signature in appropriate section

3. Student meets with ISA to assemble the following:

  • Original completed Form I-765
  • Original color passport style photos (2)
  • Copy of new OPT I-20
  • Copy of any previous SEVIS I-20s (from other schools, other status)
  • Copy of I-94 printout
  • Copy of the ID Pages of Passport
  • Check made to the order of U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $410

4. Student mails packet to USCIS:

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL delivery:
Attn: I-765 C03
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For general US Postal Service delivery:
PO Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680

Pitzer will keep a copy of the packet in your student file