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F-1 OPT Tutorial

Application Checklist (A)

Some documents are submitted to GEO only (not to USCIS) to issue the new I-20 with OPT recommendation, and other documents are for your OPT application to USCIS. (You must bring all of these documents to your OPT appointment with an International Advisor at GEO):

ALL FORMS BELOW CAN BE FOUND IN OUR F-1 OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING HANDOUT

Documents for GEO (to receive the new I-20 with OPT recommendation):

  1. A Student Participation Start Date Form (the GEO advisor can help you select your start date if you are not sure)

  2. A completed Academic Advisor Recommendation Form (YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND YOUR OPT APPOINTMENT IF YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR HAS NOT COMPLETED AND SIGNED THIS.)

  3. A completed OPT Student Responsibilities Contract (read carefully before signing it)

Application Checklist (B)

Documents for OPT application to USCIS to issue your EAD card:

  1. A $410 check payable to "Department of Homeland Security."

  2. Two passport photos secured in an envelope and attached to the application.

  3. A cover letter

  4. Completed Form G-1145

  5. Completed, signed Form I-765 (If you experience problems with the government website for the I-765 form, it may be because of Internet Explorer. Please try Firefox or Chrome instead.)

  6. Copy of the new I-20 with UNM OPT recommendation

  7. Printout of electronic I-94 record

  8. Photocopy of F-1 visa stamp (except Canadian citizens)

  9. Photocopy of passport biographical page(s)

  10. If you have ever received an EAD card or change of immigration status before, include a photocopy of the previous EAD card or change of status approval