Post-completion OPT is optional work authorization F-1 international students have earned, and may apply for, one term before completing a degree at the UO. OPT extends your F-1 status for 12 months for purposes of practical training in the U.S. related to your major. The OPT application process requires advance planning and must be approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The earliest date you can file your OPT application with USCIS is 90 days before the last day of your final term. The latest filing date is 60 days after the last day of your final term. However, the processing of your OPT approval can take more than 90 days so plan ahead! Currently the USCIS processing time for OPT approvals is 3 1/2 - 5 months.
1. If you have a job offer or pending job offer with a start date right after your graduate, you may not receive your EAD in time. If you have not yet filed an OPT application with USCIS, you should do so immediately! You should also be prepared to explain to potential employers that you cannot legally work until you receive your EAD due to USCIS processing delays. Hopefully employers will remain flexible and patient.
2. Even if you do not have a job offer pending, you should prepare to apply for OPT as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of receiving your EAD as early as possible.
Attend a Zoom OPT Workshop
April 1 @ 11am - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/99828182800
April 9 @ 12pm (noon) - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/94251708137
April 14 @ 2pm - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/94707088339
April 20 @ 2pm - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/96500199528
April 26 @ 3pm - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/91821644707
May 4 @ 4pm - https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/99309813080
Prepare OPT Documents
Open and print the OPT (or STEM OPT) packet below. Read over the entire packet and prepare the documents and forms in the checklist for an international student advisor to review.
Schedule OPT Document Review
Schedule an OPT document review session with an ISSS advisor. You can schedule an OPT document review session with an ISSS advisor and apply for OPT as early as one term before you graduate up through the last day of your final term. An ISSS advisor will review your documents for accuracy and issue your OPT (STEM OPT) I-20 to send to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
To schedule a remote advising appointment, call the ISSS office at 541-346-3206.
Send OPT Application Express Mail
Use eShipGlobal to express mail your OPT Application to USCIS and get a 15% discount on top of the already discounted price.
New USCIS Mailing Address (do not use address in packets!)
U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
USCIS Chicago Lockbox
PO Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680
FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
USCIS USCIS Chicago Lockbox
Attn: I-765 C03
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
STEM Extension OPT
If you have completed a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field and you are already on post-completion OPT, you may be eligible for a 24-month extension of your OPT to work in a STEM field. In order to apply for this benefit, you should download and read through our STEM OPT Packet, or call 541-346-3206 to make an in-person or phone appointment with an international student advisor. In order to qualify for the extension, USCIS must receive your application no later than the last day of your current post-completion OPT authorization period. Please plan ahead.