International Students Eligible For OPT Can Now File for Work Authorization Online

CNW Legal Analyst, Attorney Caroly Pedersen


The USCIS has announced that F-1 (international) students who are eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) can now file Form I-765 online.

This includes 24-month extensions for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students.

Online filing allows students to submit forms electronically, to check the status of their case anytime, and to receive notices from USCIS online, rather than waiting for the paper receipt to arrive in the mail. Students may also submit the regular paper application by mail if desired.

In order to file the Form I-765 online, students must visit, to create a free USCIS online account and then proceed to file the work authorization request.

You can read the announcement by visiting our website at and  clicking on the enewsletter.




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