Mailing Applications (as of July 18, 2014)
The Center for International Studies will no longer mail Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications to USCIS within the last 2 weeks of the students’ 60 day grace period.
Students submitting an Optional Practical Training (OPT) application to USCIS within the last 2 weeks of their 60 day grace period must chose to either send their application to USCIS themselves or pay for the Center for International Studies to send their application to USCIS on their behalf (please speak to the Center for International Studies front desk for associated costs).
**All Optional Practical Training applications submitted during the last 2 weeks of the 60 day grace period MUST be mailed through an overnight/express service to ensure arrival at USCIS prior to the end of the 60 day grace period.**
USCIS Processing Times (as of March 19, 2014)
USCIS has notified CIS that they are experiencing longer than usual processing times for OPT applications. Applications will be processed according to the received date listed on form I-797C.
Immigration regulations state that you may not begin employment until you have received your Employment Authorization Document (EAD card). Please take this into consideration when selecting your OPT start date and inform your future employers of possible delays in beginning employment.
For questions regarding the processing of your OPT, please refer to the USCIS Case Status website or contact USCIS directly at 1-800-375-5283. (You must have your receipt number in order to do this).