International Student Services Office

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a possible benefit of F-1 student status, not an entitlement. Students may request up to one year of OPT per educational level (ex: one bachelors = one educational level, two master's degrees = one educational level).

Optional Practical Training (OPT) may be available to F-1 students after completing one year of full-time enrollment at a U.S. college or university in the academic year immediately preceding OPT. Students may request up to one year of OPT per educational level (ex: one bachelors = one educational level, two master's degrees = one educational level).

Fall 2015 graduates

Earliest date to request OPT I-20 from ISSO: Sep 18, 2015

USCIS must receive application on or before: Feb 15, 2016

Summer 2015 graduates

Earliest date to request OPT I-20 from ISSO: May 8, 2015

USCIS must receive application on or before: Oct 7, 2015

OPT Resources

OPT Options

Application Package

  • G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (Optional) Form provided by ISSO
  • Two passport photos
  • Check for $380, made payable to Department of Homeland Security (Print I-94 number at top; staple your check in the middle of the first page; attach photos at the left hand, top corner.)
  • Original I-765 form
  • Copy of OPT I-20, pages 1 and 3
  • Copy of passport ID page showing picture and expiration date
  • Copy of I-94, front and back
  • Copy of F-1 visa
  • CPT page, if applicable (provided by ISSO)

Mailing Instructions

According to the USCIS website, the application mailing address is determined by the address listed on the I-765.

Mail to the Dallas Lockbox if your I-765 address is to one of these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S Virgin Islands or West Virginia. Mail to the Phoenix Lockbox if your I-765 address is to any other U.S. state.

Dallas Lockbox
U.S. Post Office – USCIS
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266
Courier deliveries – USCIS
Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy 21
Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067
Phoenix Lockbox
U.S Post Office – USCIS
P.O Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036
Courier deliveries – USCIS
Attn: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034