Pre- & Post-Completion OPT Application to USCIS Checklist

Since April 2021, USCIS has allowed OPT applications to be filed online. You have the option to submit your application via regular mail OR file online. Do not submit two applications. The documents below are required for your OPT application, whether you file online or via regular mail (unless otherwise noted). If applying by mail, you should make copies of documents; do not send originals. If applying online, the online application will ask that you upload these documents to the online application. In both cases, make sure documents are clear and readable. If filing online, please review the Questions and Answers of online filing.