ONLINE FILING FOR FORM I-765
USCIS has recently announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765 online.
OPT is temporary employment that is related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion).
Categories that qualify:
• (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT
• (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
• (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) students.
It is important to note that if an applicant submits Form I-765 online to request employment authorization on or after April 15, but is eligible for a different employment authorization category, USCIS will deny the application and retain the fee.
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