Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT Application Guidelines

Application Timeline

OPT applications may be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for processing as early as (but no earlier than) 90 days before a student’s program completion date. Please note that USCIS requires approximately 3 months to approve an OPT application. It is highly recommended that students submit their OPT application to DCISS at least 3 months before their requested OPT start date.

All documents listed in the OPT Application Checklist must be submitted to DCISS to request an OPT I-20 before an OPT application can be submitted to USCIS for processing. DCISS requires 5 business days to issue an OPT I-20.

Please review the OPT Guidelines for complete information on the OPT application process.

OPT Application Forms