Step 6: Wait for an email from the Office of International Student Services
- Once your application and documents are received, please allow 5 – 7 business days for processing.
- If additional information is needed during the review process (including corrections to forms), the Office of International Student Services will send an email to your MU email account with the subject “REQUEST FOR INFORMATION.”
- Be sure to provide any necessary information within 10 days. Incomplete requests may be cancelled after 10 days.
- If approved, you will receive an email notification to your MU email account letting you know your new I-20 has been issued and you are ready to file Form I-765 online.
Step 7: Receive and sign your Form I-20 with recommended OPT
Once the OPT Application is approved, you will receive a notification to your MU email with the Form I-20 attached. Be sure to sign the I-20 and save for your records. You will need the electronic Form I-20 to upload to the Form I-765 online.
Step 8: Complete Form I-765 Online
Once your OPT is recommended in SEVIS by a DSO, you will be ready to file Form I-765 online with USCIS.
Step 9: Wait for your EAD card to arrive
Once your application is submitted and the filing fee is paid online, you will be directed to a confirmation screen that shows your receipt number. You will be able to use the receipt number to check the status of your case on the USCIS website. Be sure to check your USCIS online account for updates to your case.
Requests for Evidence
USCIS may send you a REQUEST FOR EVIDENCE (RFE) through regular mail. While it is not common for students to receive a RFE when applying for Optional Practical Training, it does happen sometimes. If USCIS sends you a RFE, be sure to read it carefully and respond as soon as possible. Be sure to send a copy of the RFE to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions While OPT is Pending
If you are applying for STEM OPT EXTENSION, the answer is YES, you may work for up to 180 days with the I-797 Receipt Notice while the case is pending with USCIS.