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This NAFSA page tracks developments on the delays in USCIS lockbox processing of receipt notices for applications for OPT benefits.


June 10, 2021. A 06/10/21 USCIS news alert describes additional temporary filing flexibilities for benefits filers impacted by USCIS Lockbox delays. These flexibilities are in addition to the 02/26/21 OPT filing flexibilities, still in effect, described below. See NAFSA's page on the 06/10/2021 flexibilities.

February 26, 2021. As a result of advocacy by organizations like NAFSA, court litigation, and the many requests for assistance individual students and DSOs made to USCIS and the CIS Ombudsman, on February 26, 2021 USCIS emailed an announcement to stakeholders setting forth the steps it will take to remedy the ill effects of the recent delays in processing at USCIS lockboxes. According to the message, now posted as a news alert on the USCIS website, for eligible applicants USCIS will:

  • Retain the filing date of a rejected filing if an applicant refiles his or her rejected application
  • Allow the 14-month period during which the 12 months of standard post-completion OPT must be completed to start following the approval of the EAD, rather than the program end date
  • Although lockboxes will continue to reject OPT applications with a missing or deficient signature, if such an application is accepted by the lockbox and makes its way to a USCIS adjudicator, USCIS will issue an RFE for the proper signature instead of denying the application.

Full text of the February 26, 2021 USCIS News Alert

USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT

Release Date: 02/26/2021

USCIS today announced flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These flexibilities apply only to applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through May 1, 2021, inclusive.

USCIS has experienced delays at certain lockboxes in issuing receipt notices for Form I-765 for optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students. These delays are a result of COVID-19 restrictions, a dramatic increase in filings of certain benefit requests, postal service volume and delays, and other external factors. While we have made progress in addressing the problem, we are extending the following flexibilities to assist certain applicants for OPT impacted by the delays.

14-month OPT Period Flexibilities

F-1 students may participate in up to 12 months of post-completion OPT, which must be completed within 14 months from the end of their program. Due to the delays at the lockbox, some applicants may only be eligible for a shortened period of OPT within that 14-month period. To allow F-1 students to complete the full period of requested OPT (up to 12 months), USCIS will allow the 14-month period to commence from the date of approval of the Form I-765 for applications for post-completion OPT.

Beginning today, USCIS will approve applications for post-completion OPT with validity dates reflecting the same amount of time originally recommended by the designated school official (DSO) from their school on the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.

F-1 students requesting post-completion OPT who receive an approval of Form I-765 for less than the full amount of OPT time requested (not to exceed 12 months) due to the requirement that the OPT be completed within 14 months of the program end date may request a correction of the EAD due to USCIS error. USCIS will issue a corrected EAD with a new end date, as requested, to cover the full amount of OPT time recommended in the original application.

Refiling Following Rejection

Applicants for OPT must file the Form I-765 during certain timeframes. However, we recognize that due to the lockbox delays, some applicants who timely filed Form I-765 for OPT and whose applications were later rejected are unable to timely refile within the required application timeframes.

USCIS will accept a refiled Form I-765 for OPT and STEM OPT as filed on the original filing date if:

  • The original, timely filed application was received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through May 1, 2021, inclusive; and
  • USCIS subsequently rejected it.

Refiled applications must be received by May 31, 2021, for USCIS to treat the application as though filed on the original received date.

Applicants refiling a Form I-765 for OPT or STEM OPT do not need to obtain a new Form I-20 with an updated OPT recommendation from the DSO, as long as they originally submitted an application for post-completion OPT within 30 days of the DSO’s recommendation or an application for STEM OPT within 60 days of the DSO’s recommendation as required by the regulations.

Applicants refiling an application should include a copy of the rejection notice to facilitate review of the case.

Missing or Deficient Signatures

Applications with missing or deficient signatures are generally rejected at the lockbox. This policy remains unchanged. However, if the lockbox accepts a Form I-765 application for OPT or STEM OPT with a missing or deficient signature, USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence rather than deny the application, to give the applicant the opportunity to respond and provide the necessary signature or correct the deficiency. We encourage applicants filing Form I-765 to review the form instructions on our website to ensure their application is complete before filing it.


February 24, 2021. NAFSA sends recommendations to USCIS.

On February 24, 2021, NAFSA sent the following recommendations to USCIS:

Because of long USCIS receipting and adjudication times, a student who finds that his or her application for OPT has been rejected or denied for "curable" reasons is often beyond regulatory deadlines and timeframes, resulting in either a complete unavailability of OPT or a reduction in the amount of OPT they might have been eligible for. USCIS should:

  1. Continue providing updates on processing times and backlog reduction, on the USCIS web site.
  2. Instruct lockboxes to accept and process applications instead of rejecting them, when there are filing fee, filing address, form version, or other procedural issues. Adjudicators should then issue an RFE asking the applicant to cure the procedural deficit, rather than denying the application.
  3. If a lockbox rejects an application because of a form, fee, filing address, or other procedural issue, USCIS should waive the conditions specified at 8 CFR 103.2(a) to:
    • Allow the applicant to retain the rejected application's lockbox receipt date as the filing date of an application resubmitted to cure those deficiencies.
    • USCIS should then consider the resubmitted application as properly filed with USCIS as of the original lockbox receipt date.
  4. Implement a process for managing duplicate I-765 filings without penalizing applicants. For example, when adjudicating an I-765 USCIS should search its records for a subsequent, duplicate application filed by the same individual and return the duplicate application and refund the filing fee.
  5. Where necessary, when accepting for filing and adjudicating an application for standard post-completion OPT, waive the following deadlines that would eliminate or reduce the availability of standard post-completion OPT
    • Waive the 90-60 day filing window specified at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2), to allow a student to apply earlier or later.
    • Waive the requirement specified at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2) to allow a student applying for standard OPT to file his or her Form I-765 with USCIS more than 30 days beyond the date the DSO enters the STEM OPT recommendation into SEVIS.
    • Waive the restriction specified at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(11)(i)(D), so that a student can have an OPT start date that is more than 60 days after the student's program end date.
    • Waive the requirement specified at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A)(3), so that when needed, standard post-completion OPT can be completed more than 14 months beyond the student's program end date specified in SEVIS.
  6. Where necessary, when accepting for filing and adjudicating an application for a STEM OPT extension, waive the following deadlines that would eliminate or reduce the availability of STEM OPT:
    • Waive the requirement specified at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(11)(i)(C), so  that a student applying for STEM OPT can file his or her Form I-765 with USCIS more than 60 beyond the date the DSO enters the STEM OPT recommendation into SEVIS.
    • Waive the requirement implied at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(11)(i)(C), so that a STEM OPT application can be filed after the expiration of the student's standard post-completion OPT, when necessary.
    • Waive the 180-day limit on continued employment authorization specified at 8 CFR 274a.12(b)(6)(iv), to provide at least 90 more days of continued employment authorization (for a total of 270 days) while a timely-filed STEM OPT application is pending.
  7. Expedite the processing of replacement EADs or offer some kind of auto-extension that is not based on a receipt notice.
  8. Authorize employers to accept an OPT or STEM OPT approval notice as a List C document (proof of employment authorization) for I-9 purposes, in the absence of an EAD, as was done in limited fashion to address the COVID pandemic.
  9. Coordinate with SEVP
    • SEVP and USCIS should coordinate so that students and DSOs are not handed back and forth between the two. For some data fixes in the past, for example, DSOs have reported being told by SEVP that they need action or documentation from USCIS before performing a data fix, but USCIS is unable to produce the kind of documentation SEVP is asking for.
    • To preserve data integrity, ensure an adequate CLAIMS-SEVIS data exchanges to accurately reflect OPT requests and approvals modified or entered as a result of this initiative.

February 23, 2021. Article on lawsuit filed against USCIS and ICE on OPT receipting delays.

Read a February 19, 2021 article in The PIE News:

Lawsuit filed in Ohio seeks "timely" OPT processing in the US.

February 18, 2021. USCIS News Alert updates stakeholders.

A February 18, 2021 USCIS News Alert emailed to stakeholders registered with USCIS's Get Updates by Email option, gave F-1 student OPT applicants the following update on the Lockbox receipting delays. USCIS has not yet posted this News Alert to its news page.

USCIS Update Regarding Applicants
Filing Form I-765 for OPT

USCIS continues to experience delays at certain lockboxes in issuing receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on eligibility categories described in 8 C.F.R. 274a.12(c)(3), relating to optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students. While we have made progress in addressing the delays, we would like to provide additional clarifications and reminders:

  • These delays will not affect the received date. All submissions are date stamped upon arrival at the Lockbox, so regardless of when the Lockbox processes your application, your received date will reflect the date it actually arrived at the Lockbox.
  • We will not reject applications solely because they were filed at the lockbox address in use prior to the change to the filing address instructions announced on Jan. 8, 2021. We encourage applicants filing Form I-765 to always check the form instructions on our website for the most up-to-date filing instructions.
  • If you have timely filed Form I-765 based on STEM OPT, and your post-completion OPT period expires while the application is pending, we will automatically extend the employment  authorization for 180 days. The Form I-20 endorsed by the designated school official recommending a STEM extension together with the expired Form I-766 employment authorization document (EAD) issued for post-completion OPT establishes identity and work authorization for purposes of documenting employment authorization.

[NAFSA note: On this third bullet, also see USCIS Handbook for Employers Form M-276, section 6.4.2 F-1 and M-1 Nonimmigrant Students, under the heading "F-1 STEM OPT Extension."]

What USCIS Is Doing

We are aware of the impact the delays have had on nonimmigrant students. The USCIS lockbox workforce continues to work extra hours and redistribute its workload, while maintaining COVID-19 protection measures, in order to minimize delays. Once we open and process your application, we print and mail the receipt notice. We are working to prevent receipting delays from resulting in a payment that is past its validity date. 

The USCIS Service Centers are aware of the impact of these delays and will work as quickly as possible to process Form I-765 applications for OPT. 

What You Can Do

If you have already filed your application and are waiting for your receipt notice, we appreciate your patience. Currently, we recommend that you wait eight weeks before contacting us to inquire about your case status. We are working as quickly as possible to complete the intake of all filings. As a reminder, you can create a free USCIS online account, check the status of your case, and our current processing times from your mobile device, anywhere, anytime using our case status online tool.

USCIS will continue to monitor this situation and will announce any additional changes on our website,

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis) and Instagram (@USCIS).

Kind regards,
Public Engagement Division
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

January 26, 2021.

A January 26, 2021 letter sent to DHS by the American Council on Education (ACE) and co-signed by NAFSA and numerous other educational associations asks USCIS to:

  1. Grant conditional approval for I-765 OPT applications that have been delayed due to the lockbox situation, so students and graduates do not miss their start date for employment or risk falling out of status; 
  2. Grant conditional extension for STEM OPT applicants to extend their existing work authorization if their applications have been delayed and clarify that employers can use a receipt or other confirmation of timely filing for I-9 purposes, so STEM OPT students who have not yet received a receipt notice can continue working for 180 days beyond the expiration of their standard OPT as their application is being processed; 
  3. Do not penalize OPT applicants if they submitted applications to the wrong address because the lockbox address suddenly changed; 
  4. Coordinate with DHS' Student and Exchange Visitor Program to ensure that Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records and pending STEM OPT requests are not improperly cancelled or terminated, and to quickly and efficiently apply relevant data fixes to SEVIS records if needed; 
  5. If an OPT or STEM OPT application is rejected, but because of receipt notice and processing delays the student is beyond regulatory filing timeframes by the time the student is made aware of the rejection, accept a refiled application that cures the deficiency, despite being outside the regulatory filing windows; and 
  6. Given the ongoing delays for OPT processing, allow applicants to submit I-765 applications up to 180 days (rather than 90 days) before the I-20 program end date (standard post-completion OPT applicants) or the expiration date of the student's current OPT employment authorization (STEM OPT extension applicants), given that processing time is closer to five months rather than a standard 90 days.

January 12, 2021.

A January 12, 2021 alert on the CIS Ombudsman Office Case Assistance page provided the following update and instructions:

"Alert: USCIS Receipt Notice Delays

The CIS Ombudsman is issuing this alert to notify individuals and employers of USCIS delays in issuing receipt notices from the agency's Lockbox intake facilities and the actions the CIS Ombudsman is taking to address these delays.

Based on requests for case assistance submitted to our office, USCIS is taking as long as 8 to 9 weeks to issue receipt notices for some applications and petitions.

In response to our attempts to work with USCIS to secure receipt notices, the agency has responded that it is unable to expedite their issuance. We will continue to try to assist individuals who have not received a Notice of Action (Form I-797C) 90 days after their application/petition was received at USCIS. Applicants who have not received a receipt notice within 60 days of filing should first contact USCIS. If USCIS does not respond to your inquiry within 30 days, you may submit a request for case assistance to the CIS Ombudsman.

The CIS Ombudsman is working with USCIS to find solutions to mitigate the harm to applicants impacted by the delays in issuing receipt notices.

For more information, please read USCIS' announcement."

January 8, 2021. A January 8, 2021 USCIS Lockbox Updates news alert posted by USCIS further noted:

"As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in receiving your receipt notice after properly filing an application or petition with a USCIS lockbox. These delays will not affect the receipt date which is determined pursuant to 8 C.F.R. 103.2(a)(7). Delays may vary among form types and lockbox locations. In some cases, you may experience significant delays if you filed a non-family based Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, or Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on eligibility categories described in 8 C.F.R. 274a.12(c)(3), relating to F-1 students."

December 15, 2020. A December 15, 2020 Stakeholder Message from the USCIS Public Engagement Division confirmed the many reports of significant delays in processing of receipt notices for applications for benefits such as OPT that are filed at USCIS lockboxes:

"The USCIS lockbox facilities have received a significant increase in filings in recent weeks. This increase, along with facility capacity restrictions necessary to protect the health and safety of the lockbox workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, is causing significant delays for processing receipt notices. We continue to work to minimize delays. Once we process your submission, we will review your package."



Do you have a pending USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) application that you would like to have access to, see the latest pending information on, or download Receipt or Notifications for?

Try going to MyCase to see your case status or try creating an online USCIS personal account and linking your paper application to it! Whether you filed the case on your own or it was filed by an immigration attorney or a credited organization, you can still access details about your case online and in some cases, download notices if you have lost them.

The easiest way to check on the progress of your case is by going to MyCase at Case Status Online - Case Status Search ( All you need is your Receipt Number which you type into the box and press the CHECK STATUS button. Your Receipt Number is found on the top left of any correspondence from USCIS like a Receipt Notice or a Biometrics Appointment Notice:



Anyone can do this, provided they have that Receipt Number. No personal information shows when you check the status, only the latest information about the progress of your case.  For example, if your case has been sent and you got a Receipt Notice confirming that the case was accepted, but you haven’t heard from USCIS (or maybe your attorney) for months, you can check to see if any progress has been made, whether an appointment has been set up, or if they need more information. If they are still processing the case, but no appointments or RFEs (Request for Evidence) have been initialed, it will just show this:



On the other hand, if you want to see personal information about your case or you want to be able to download Receipt or Appointment Notices, you may be able to access them if you create a Personal Online USCIS Account.

To create an account, go to the USCIS Online Account signup page: Citizenship and Immigration Services - Sign up for a USCIS Account.

Make sure to use the same email that was entered on your paper application. More details about how to sign up for an account, including a video and step-by-step instructions can be found here:  How to Create a USCIS Online Account

Global Entry

Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment

Beginning September 8, conditionally approved Global Entry applicants will be able to complete in-person interviews at most Trusted Traveler Programs enrollment centers in the United States. These applicants must schedule enrollment center interviews in advance by logging into their account on the Trusted Traveler Programs website.  Enrollment on Arrival remains operational at participating airports. NEXUS and U.S.-Canada FAST interviews at U.S. and Canadian enrollment centers will remain suspended until further notice. SENTRI and FAST-South enrollments on the southern border may also be limited

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of the program’s terms and conditions will result in the appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.


Why is a third H-1B lottery under way?

Two lotteries later, the US has still not doled out its allotment of 85,000 H-1B visas for the year. It’s hoping that an unprecedented third draw to fill the quota.

The H-1B is a nonimmigrant visa, which allows workers to live and work in the US for up to six years. Usually, the number of applications far exceed the available visas. Typically, a candidate has a 30-40% chance of being selected, and many applicants are from India.

On Nov. 19, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ran a third lottery to “select additional registrations” for fiscal year 2022, which starts on Oct. 1, 2022. Because employers did not complete applications for all the names drawn in the first two pools, and there are still hundreds of thousands of aspirants waiting in line, another round was warranted.

H1-B visas are still available

There are still spots to be claimed both in the 65,000 visas allocated to the general category, as well as in the 20,000 visas for applicants with masters or other higher degrees. USCIS did not specify how many visas are still up for grabs.

“Individuals with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice, which includes details about when and where to file,” the USCIS said. Applicants selected in this third lottery can file petitions between Nov. 22 and Feb. 23 next year.

In the current fiscal year, for which applications closed on March 31, USCIS received a total of 308,613 applications—the highest ever.

The department of homeland security (DHS) agency conducted an initial selection in March, the filing period for which ended on June 30. In July, an undisclosed number of employers winning the lottery did not pursue the slots. So USCIS conducted a rare second random selection from the existing registrations, the filing period for which ended on Nov. 3, 2021.

The ups and downs of H-1B demand

In April 2020, USCIS said it received more than 275,000 petitions for the 2021 fiscal year. But covid derailed several plans. Many international students were forced to return home. H-1B workers were laid off. No freedom to travel and a decline in activity in several industries, including consulting, put several workers in limbo. Besides foreign healthcare workers, few others were allowed entry into the US in the early days of the pandemic.

Restrictive immigration policies—ex-president Donald Trump halted H-1B applications for 10 months and tried to make the criteria for getting H-1Bs stricter last year—have made things worse.

Given that last year was plagued by uncertainty, employers may have also filed too many anticipatory applications that they eventually didn’t see through.

Are H-1B workers taking American jobs?

The 85,000 cap “is not a limit but a target—a demand that every one of the 85,000 jobs must be taken out of the American labor market and given to aliens,” David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative think tank, argues.

North also says the DHS lottery is “easy and inexpensive to join.” Last year, the USCIS allowed employers to register electronically with a $10 fee, and only those who are selected would file all the paperwork and pay the full fee ranging between $1,710 and $6,460 per worker.

“If the department would simply run a lottery once, and let the unused slots remain unused it would open those jobs to citizens and green card holders,” North wrote. “A nice idea for the rest of us, but apparently a chamber of horrors to the government.”

Where are America’s STEM workers?

Substituting foreign workers with American ones isn’t a simple one-for-one swap. There is high demand for foreign professionals because there is an acute skills crunch in STEM fields in the US.

For the first time ever, the US has 10 million job openings. In computer-related jobs alone, there are 1.2 million vacancies. At any given time, the total number of H-1B workers in the US, tech or otherwise, is between 700,000 and 800,000, North himself has estimated. Even with foreign talent, the gap is far from plugged.

Furthermore, research shows foreign workers complement local hires, helping business and the economy grow. From big tech (pdf) to healthcare, most major industries need more than local talent—that’s why bigwigs like Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Microsoftcontested Trump’s 2020 suspension of the program.


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League of Legends Login Issues and How to Fix them

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USCIS takes security seriously. Only you can create an account for your own application. Your attorney or your friend should not have access to your own personal account. Do not give them your password! USCIS makes you go through a 2-step authentication process every time you log in, sending a passcode either through email or a text, so having someone else access your account would be difficult anyway!

Once your account is set up, you can add paper-filed cases to your account. As outlined on Step 13 on the guide mentioned above: “Click on “My Account” and then “Add a paper-filed case” in the drop-down menu. Enter your receipt number, and you can then see your case status and history.”

If you have a paper-filed case and your receipt number begins with “IOE,” you should have received an Online Access Code on a USCIS Account Access Notice when you received on your Receipt Notice. If so, “you can add the case to your account and be able to see case status and history, send secure messages, view notices, upload additional evidence, and respond to Requests for Evidence.”



Many applications can be filed directly from your online USCIS account, or if you have an attorney, they can file the application online and send you a link to your online USCIS account so you can authorize them to file for you and so you can review applications and see your documents and notices. The applications that can currently be filed online include:

  • I-130 - Petition for Alien Relative
  • I-90 - Application to Replace/Renew Permanent Resident Card
  • N-400 - Application for Naturalization
  • N-600 - Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • I-765 - Application for Employment Authorization (only for F-1 Students doing OPT)
  • N-336 - Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

USCIS plans on adding more application forms to their online platform, so if you are considering filing for an immigration benefit, you might need an online account in the future!

The advantages of filing online, other than the transparency of being able to log in and see the progress on your case include the security that your case will not be lost or misplaced through the mail, and the added benefit of faster service by USCIS since they receive the application instantaneously and they don’t have to spend time scanning in your information.

Though occasionally glitchy, and somewhat limited in the availability of types of applications, USCIS is modernizing and that is all to the good! Time to join them and encourage them to speed up the effort!



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File the Online I-765 for OPT

This page provides detailed instructions on how to fill out the I-765 online if you are applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please review each item carefully to ensure your I-765 is filled out correctly. Detailed instructions for completing the I-765 are also available through the USCIS website.

The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Due to frequent government updates, NYU OGS may make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents on this page at any time without prior notice.

Please note, these directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ultimately provides the decision on your OPT application. It is your responsibility, as the OPT applicant, to ensure that your OPT application is accurate and complete before you submit it to the US government. Incomplete applications could result in a delay in processing time or denial. NYU in no event shall be held liable for any delay, denial, or mistake on your OPT application.

Step 1: Gather and Scan Your Supporting Documents

It is best to have digital versions of all required documents ready in a folder to drag and drop into the USCIS system. Make sure the files are clear and readable, not encrypted or passport-protected, in English, and in one of the following accepted file formats: JPG, JPEG, PDF, TIF, or TIFF.

To complete the I-765, you must have these documents:

  • Passport style photograph [Photos must be taken within the last 30 days and cannot have previously been used for a passport, visa, or other US government-related application. You can get your passport photos at either the Manhattan or Brooklyn StudentLink Center with your active NYU ID card as long as you have passed your daily COVID-19 screener.]
  • I-94 record
  • One of the following: Previously issued Employment Authorization Document (EAD) (scans of both front and back) OR Government-Issued ID if you have never been issued an EAD
    • If you were not previously issued an EAD, you must upload a copy of a government-issued identity document (such as a passport) showing your picture, name, and date of birth; a birth certificate with photo ID; a visa issued by a foreign consulate; or a national ID document with photo and/or fingerprint. The identity document photocopy must clearly show your facial features and contain your biographical information.
  • Most recent I-20
    • This is the OPT-recommended I-20 that you recently received from NYU.
    • For students applying for pre- or post-completion OPT, this I-20 must be uploaded and your complete I-765 application submitted to USCIS within 30 days from the I-20 issue date
    • For students applying for STEM OPT, this I-20 must be uploaded and your complete I-765 application submitted to USCIS within 60 days from the I-20 issue date and BEFORE your current post-completion OPT expires.
  • For students applying for pre- or post-completion OPT who have had either Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or OPT previously, you need to include evidence documenting your previous CPT and/or OPT authorization. This could include previously issued EAD for OPT or an I-20 that lists CPT or OPT authorization.
  • For students applying for STEM OPT only, you must also provide scanned copies of:
    • Official transcripts for the degree upon which your STEM OPT extension will be based.
    • If your previous degree is not from NYU, you must have a transcript from your previous institution ready to upload in addition to your latest I-20 from that institution.

Step 2: Create a USCIS Account or Sign In To Your Already Existing Account

At the USCIS website, create an account or sign into an already existing account. Details on how to create an account are also available at the USCIS website.

Step 3: Select the I-765 Form to File Once Logged In

Select “Application for Employment Authorization (I-765).” It is near the bottom of the form list.

Step 4: Complete the I-765 Form

Getting Started

Basis of Eligibility

  • If you are applying for work authorization that starts before your graduation date, select Pre-completion OPT c(3)(A)
  • If you are applying for work authorization that begins after you graduate, select Post-Completion OPT c(3)(B)
  • If you are currently on Post-OPT and eligible for a two-year STEM extension, select STEM OPT c(3)(C)

If you are applying for a STEM extension, you will need to include the following information:

  • What is your degree?
    Write your academic level and the CIP code found on your I-20. If you are applying for STEM OPT based on your previous degree, you can find the CIP code for your previous degree on page 1 of the current format I-20 or at the top of page 3 of the old format I-20 for that academic program.
  • What is your employer’s name as listed on E-verify?
    Write your employer's name as listed in the e-verify system (this should also match your I-983)
  • What is your employer's E-Verify company identification number or a valid E-Verify client company identification number?
    Write your employer's e-verify number. This is usually 4-7 digits. E-verify number is not the same as EIN. Check with your employer if you do not know your employer's e-verify number

Reason for Applying

  • What is your reason for applying?
    Select “Initial Permission to accept employment” If you lost your EAD and are applying for a new card, select "replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged employment authorization document NOT DUE to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) error." If you are applying for STEM OPT, select "initial permission to accept employment."
  • Have you previously filed Form I-765?
    Select “Yes” if you have previously applied for OPT or ever submitted the I-765 for work authorization to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Select “No” if you have only ever worked on campus or been authorized for CPT, or if you have not previously worked.

Preparer and Interpreter Information

  • Is someone assisting you with completing this application?
    Select ‘No’

About You

Your Name

  • What is your current legal name?
    This name should match what is indicated on your passport. Enter your Given name (first name) first. Enter your middle name if you have one. If you do not have a middle name, do NOT put N/A and leave it blank. Enter your Family name (last name) last.
  • Have you used any other names since birth?
    If No, select “No” and continue to the next section.
    If Yes, select “Yes” and provide all other names you have ever used, including aliases, maiden name, and nicknames.

Your Contact Information

  • How May We Contact You?
    Enter your phone number and your mobile phone number. It's okay if items 3 and 4 are the same. Enter your email address (you can continue to use your NYU email).
  • What is your current mailing address?
    Enter your mailing address. This must be a US address and it should be valid into the future, when your OPT application is approved. If you believe you will change addresses within the next three months we recommend you instead list the address of a trusted friend or family member. If you choose to enter your friend’s or family member’s address, you must also include an “In care of name (if any)”. You may list a US Post Office address (PO Box) if you have one.
  • Is your current mailing address the same as your physical address?
    Check either "Yes" or "No." Check "Yes" if your mailing address (where you would like your notices/EAD card from USCIS to be sent to) is the same as your physical address (where you live). Check "No" if it is not the same. If you check "No," you must then write your current address you live at in the “Where in the United States do you live?” question that will appear on your screen.

Describe Yourself

  • What is your gender?
    Mark the box that best describes you.
  • What is your marital status?
    Mark the box that best describes you.

When and where were you born?

  • What is your city, town or village of birth? What is your state or province of birth? What is your country of birth?
    Fill in your place of birth information.
  • What is your date of birth?
    Ensure you've written the date of your birth in MONTH/DAY/YEAR format.

Your immigration information?

  • What is your country of citizenship or nationality?
    Type or print the name of the country or countries where you are currently a citizen or national. If you are a citizen or national of more than one country, select + Add Country to add all of the countries where you hold citizenship.
  • What is your Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record Number (if any)?
    This information can be found on your most recent I-94 record
  • When did you last arrive in the United States?
    List your arrival date, place of arrival, and status at arrival per your most recent I-94 record. If your ‘status’ listed says anything other than F-1, please call OGS for information about getting this information corrected.
  • What is the passport number of your most recently issued passport?
    This information can be found on the biography page of your passport
  • What is your travel document number (if any)?
    We recommend to leave this blank.
  • “What is the expiration date of your passport or travel document?” “What country issued your passport or travel document?” “List the country who issued you your passport”
    All of these can be found on your passport
  • What is your current immigration status or category?
    Select “F-1 - Student, Academic or Language Program”
  • “What is your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Number (if any)?”
    Use the SEVIS number listed in the top left corner of your most recently issued I-20. Use the "Additional Information" section to include all previously used SEVIS numbers.

Other Information

  • What is your A-Number?
    Either list your A-number or select “I do not have or know my A-number”
  • What is your USCIS Online Account Number?
    Either list your account number or select “I do not have or know my USCIS online account number”
  • Has the Social Security Administration (SSA) ever officially issued a Social Security card to you?
    If Yes, list your social security number in the box provided
    If No, select that you would like an SSN card, select “yes” to consent of disclosure” then list your parent’s birth names


In this section you will be able to upload the supporting documents you previously gathered in preparation for completing the I-765 form. This evidence includes previous I-20s with CPT and/or OPT recommendations, along with any supplemental letters you may have received from OGS.

Review and Submit

Here you will review all of the information you have provided so far and you will then click to submit your I-765 online application.

Step 5: Complete the Remaining Steps in the OPT Application Process

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5 Replies to “Uscis online account number”

  1. hi ninja, can i apply in financial/bank account? im a graduate of financial mngt.. i am interested of the high salary..

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