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USCIS Announces That F-1 Students Can File OPT And STEM OPT Applications Online

On April 12, 2021 USCIS announced that F-1 students can file OPT and STEM OPT applications online using form I-765.

This applies to the following applications:

  • Pre-completion OPT;
  • Post completion OPT; and
  • 24- month extension of OPT known as STEM OPT.

USCIS has also warned that anyone else that attempts to file I-765 online that does not fall into one of the categories above will have their application denied and their fee will not be refunded.

Filing online should hopefully result in faster processing overall and will result in less wait time to receive the receipt notice.

If you have questions about submitting applications online please contact PLG Partner Chris Prescott at cprescott@patellegal.com.

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