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Optional Practical Training

Obtaining Optional/Post-Completion Practical Training

Employment authorization after graduation
 
(USCIS process time is 2 to 3 months.)

 

OPEN THE I-765 FORM ONLINE AT https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-765.pdf

  1. COMPLETE I-765 FORM AS FOLLOWS: Check box with “Permission to accept employment,” fill out lines #1 to #19, and on line #20 write ( c ) ( 3 ) ( B ) in the parentheses. (Leave #21-23 blank--they are only for STEM and other categories.)
  2. PRINT the I-765 form and sign it with a blue ink pen. You may save the form in your PC for later correction(s).
  3. APPLY FOR GRADUATION BY USING CUNYfirst website: https://hrsa.cunyfirst.cuny.edu
  4. OBTAIN TWO COLOR PHOTOS. PHOTOS MUST BE 2-INCH BY 2-INCH FULL FRONTAL PASSPORT PHOTOS, ON WHITE BACKGROUND. PHOTOS MUST BE NO MORE THAN 30 DAYS OLD. WRITE NAME AND SEVIS ID# ON BACK OF PHOTOS.
  5. PROVIDE A $410 MONEY ORDER OR CHECK MADE OUT TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. ON THE BOTTOM OF CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, WRITE I-765 FEE AND SEVIS ID#(N00....).
  6. RETURN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & SCHOLARS OFFICE:
    • All l-20s: ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPIES of each.
    • Copy of I-94 (front and back). WHITE CARD STAPLED IN PASSPORT. Or retrieve your electronic I-94 number

          https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94

    • Copy of visa stamp in passport.
    • Copy of passport validity. FIRST FEW PAGES SHOWING COUNTRY, STUDENT’S NAME, BIRTH DATE, DATE PASSPORT WAS ISSUED, AND DATE IT EXPIRES.
    • I-765 form completed.
    • $410 check or money order made out to U.S. Department Of Homeland Security.
    • Two photos. SEE STEP #5 ABOVE. 
  7. PICK UP DOCUMENTS LISTED ABOVE FROM THE INT’L STUDENTS & SCHOLARS OFFICE 5 TO 7 DAYS AFTER SUBMITTING THEM. STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAILING ALL DOCUMENTS TO USCIS.

    THE OPT APPLICATION PACKET MUST BE RECEIVED BY USCIS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE ON THE NEW I-20 WITH THE OPT RECOMMENDATION ON PAGE 2.
  8. MAIL TO:
    USCIS
    PO Box 660867
    Dallas, TX 75266
  9. SEND DOCUMENTS CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED.
  10. NOTE: STUDENTS TRAVELING OVERSEAS MUST CONTACT OUR OFFICE PRIOR TO ANY TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. 

OFFICE INFORMATION
Director: Patrick O'Connell
Office: King Hall, 207
Phone: 718-997-4440
Fax: 718-997-4429
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
 

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