Application Checklist

Steps for Applying for OPT. 

Follow these steps to prepare your application. 

Step 1: Preparation

1.
Request a new I-20 from the Office of Student Services. Fill out the online OPT Application to request the I-20.
2.
Follow the instructions for and complete the Application form I-765
3.
Use the address where your EAD card can be mailed to you. The U.S. Postal Service will NOT forward this document to you.
  • On #16 enter the following code in the parentheses for pre-completion OPT: (c)(3)(A)
  • On #16 enter the following code in the parentheses for post-completion OPT: (c)(3)(B)
  • Your signature cannot be above or below the lines

Step 2: Prepare Your Application for USCIS

1.
Completed and signed Application form I-765- it is recommended that you type the form before printing.
2.
Two photos in a photo holder or envelope. The photos must be according to the specifications on the Application form I-765: full color frontal pose on a white background--a passport style photo. Bay Photo on Lighthouse Ave. and Walgreen's on Alvarado St. take passport photos. Write your name and SEVIS number gently on the back of each photo in pencil or felt pen.
3.
One copy of the new SEVIS I-20 with the OPT recommendation.
4.
Copies of all former I-20s you were issued since your arrival in F-1 status.
5.
One copy of the front and back of the I-94 card.
6.
One copy of the F-1 visa
7.
One copy of the passport biography page.
8.
Check or money order in the amount of $380.00 payable to the: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
9.
OPTIONAL: Complete the G-1145 form, "E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance".

Step 3: Mailing

1.
Send your application by certified mail with a return receipt or by express mail.
2.
If the address on your Application form I-765 is not in California you may have to file at a different service center. For more information please contact the Office of Student Services.

Regular Mail
Express Mail

USCIS
PO BOX 21281
Phoenix, AZ
85036

USCIS
Att: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ
85034