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24 Month STEM-OPT Extension Application checklist

Once you receive your OPT I-20 from the Office of International Student Services, SIGN THEM AND MAIL YOUR APPLICATION. USCIS must receive your application within 60 days of the date the I-20 was issued and no later than the end date of your post-completion OPT, with all of the following documents:

  •  Form G-1145, E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
  • Two US Passport-Style Photos
    • ​Taken recently
    • Lightly print your name on the back of each photo with a pencil.
  • I-765 Application fee
    • Currently the fee is $410
    • Personal check or money order payable to "US Department of Homeland Security". Do not abbreviate.
    • Do not use starter checks (those that do not have your name/address printed.
  • Original & Completed Form I-765. Please see Sample I-765 with specific instructions on how to fill it out. 
  • For "I am applying for" select "Renewal of my permissions to accept employment.
  • For item #3, make sure the address you list on this form will be accurate for at least 90 days as this is where USCIS will send your Receipt Notice, Approval Notice and EAD. If you will use a reliable friend or family member's address, please make sure to use the C/O notation.
  • In item #20 write (c) (3) (C)
  • In item #21 include the CIP code and/or your degree as listed on your I-20. Your employer's name and their E-verification identification number.
  • Photocopy of the qualifying STEM degree transcript and/or diploma (if it states the major)
  • Photocopy of pages 1 and 2 of the new I-20 with the STEM OPT extension recommendation.
  • Photocopies of all previous I-20's (pages 1 and 3 or pages 1 and 2).
  • I-94 print out.
  • Photocopy of passport bio page.
  • Photocopy of F-1 visa.
  • Photocopy of all previous EADs

Final Steps

  1. Check all documents for completeness and accuracy.
  2. Be sure to sign forms I-20 and I-765.
  3. Make a complete copy of your application for your records.
  • Office of International Student Services does not maintain copies of OPT applications.
  • Keep a copy of your express mail receipt and money order receipt, if applicable.

    4. Mail completed application to the USCIS office that has jurisdiction over the address listed on your form I-765 (see below).

USCIS Mailing Address and Instructions:

The USCIS "Dallas  Lockbox" filing location is applicable to the following states and territories:

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, or West Virginia.

US Postal Service Address                                                                   
P.O BOX: 660867                                                                                    
Dallas, TX. 75266  

Express Mail & Courier Service


Attn: AOS

2501 S. State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX. 75067


If the state you put on form I-765 in item 3 is not in this list, refer to the different mailing instructions for F-1 OPT applications in the I-765 Instructions.