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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)

  4. A completed OPT Information Tracking Sheet, (if you do not have an OPT job offer, write “NONE” for employer section)

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. Photocopies of ALL previously issued I-20s (including from other schools)

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

  8. Printout of electronic I-94 record

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

  10. Photocopy of passport biographical page(s)

  11. 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