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OPT Information

OPT Overview 

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Under existing rules, an F-1 student may be authorized to receive up to 12 months of practical training either pre- and/or post- completion of studies.

Pre-completion OPT:

An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT after he/she has been enrolled for one full academic year. The pre-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s course of study. Students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT must work part-time while school is in session. They may work full time when school is not in session. Please note: This option takes approximately 3 months to get approval from USCIS and costs $380 should you decide to submit an application. Because of this, students should make sure that CPT is not a viable option for them before applying for pre-completion.  Go to our Forms & Instructions website for more information on CPT. 

 All students MUST meet with the ISO before applying for pre-completion OPT. 

Post-completion OPT:

An F-1 student may be authorized to participate in post-completion OPT upon completion of studies. The post-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s course of study.

Application Process for OPT

The student must apply for optional post-completion practical training from ninety days before until 60 days after the of completion of study.  Completion of study generally means the last day of the term in which the student is completing the course of study.  The student may apply for optional post-completion practical training without a job offer. 

To apply for optional post-completion practical training, a student must present the following to the International Services Office:

1.  Academic Advisor Recommendation Form completed by your academic advisor. Click Here To Download: OPT Academic Adviser Form

2.  Completed Form I-765

3.  Completed Form G-1145: This allows you to receive electronic notifications about your OPT application

4.  All original I-20's a student has from the start of the course at UNH

5.  Passport, Visa and I-94 card

6.  Two color photos.  Click here for photograph specifications

7.  A check or money order of $380 made payable to Department of Homeland Security. Do not prepare this          until we inform you that your new I-20 is ready to pick up.

NOTE:  Please fill out the forms as much as you can. If you are not certain about filling in the forms or have doubts regarding a particular question of the form, we suggest you leave the question blank.  We can help you accurately complete these forms when you bring them to the ISO. 

  • Once you give the ISO all the necessary forms, we will create a new I-20 for you with the OPT start and end dates you requested.  Pick up the new  OPT I-20 from ISO and mail a copy of it with all other forms to the address of the USCIS Service Center that corresponds to the state where you live.

USCIS Phoenix and Dallas Lockbox facilities

If you live in:

Mail your application to:


Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036

For Express mail and courier deliveries (FedEx, UPS, etc.):

Attn:  AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S 
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034



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

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:

PO Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries (FedEx, UPS, etc.):

Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 7506