How to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) - University of Houston
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How to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

  1. Download the instructions and application forms
  2. Schedule an OPT group appointment to join the group session
  3. Join the virtual OPT group appointment with the completed forms and required items
    • Current I-20
    • Passport(s) that is valid for six months into the future and most recent visa page
    • I-94
    • Change of status approval notice (I-797) if you changed your status in the U.S. and have not left the U.S.
    • EAD card if you have any
    • Completed “Academic Verification & Student Responsibility” form signed by your academic advisor
    • OPT APPLICATION CHECKLIST
    • OPT SELF REPORT
    • Form I-765
    • Form G-1145
    • Payment Coupon and Post Completion OPT alumni fee ($100) – Mail to ISSSO Office
    • 2 color passport-type photos taken within 6 months
    • A personal check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $410
  4. Follow the instructions provided by the counselor during your OPT group appointment