Optional Practical Training

Steps to apply for OPT I-20

  1. Go through the online OPT power point PDF. Take the quiz and answer all questions correctly to be able to apply for your OPT I-20.
  2. Submit the completed quiz to our office via e-mail or in-person. You will be notified about the status of your quiz.
  3. Once you pass the quiz, complete this form and submit it via e-mail or in-person. You will receive an e-mail when your OPT I-20 is ready.
  4. Make an appointment with Zaynab Wazeer via phone or e-mail to complete the OPT application process.
  5. Bring the documents below to the meeting:
    • Copy of current passport- must be valid
    • Copy of visa
    • Copy of I-94 (available electronically at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
    • 2 passport photos taken within the past 6 months (write your name at the back of the photos)
    • Check or Money Order for $410 payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Copies of any previous Employment Authorization Card (if applicable).
  6. Sending the Documents
    You will send the OPT Packet to USCIS via federal express. The EAD card will be sent to our office, and we will notify you when it arrives (typically 3 months).

Do not begin work until you receive the card from us.