Resolving Common OPT Issues

Once you have your new I-20 with the OPT recommendation, you will submit your OPT application to USCIS either via the mail, or through an online account.

Approximately 2 – 3 weeks after your application is received, you will receive and I-797 Notice of Action in the mail with your receipt number and the date your application was received. Most OPT applications are approved within approximately 3-4 months from the date the application was received, and your Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) will be mailed to the mailing address on your I-765 via USPS with a tracking number. If you will not be living at this address for at least 3 – 5 months after you submit your OPT application, make sure that someone at this address will be available to receive mail on your behalf.

The information below explains common issues that students face after mailing their OPT applications and how to address those issues.