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OPT Application & Directions

Optional Practical Training – Applying Online

IMPORTANT: Applicants will need a new I-20 recommending OPT from International Student Services. Please email iss@mccneb.edu for an I-20 and include the start and end dates that you hope to work during OPT. The chart with dates is below. OPT applications must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the date that International Student Services prepares and signs the OPT I-20. If your application is filed with USCIS after 30 days of the OPT I-20 issuance date, your application will be denied.

  • Go to: https://myaccount.uscis.gov/
    • Create an account with your personal (not MCC email account), and follow the instructions for setting up a password.
  • Once you have created an account and logged in, select “My USCIS”
    • Select “Applicant” > File a form online > choose the authorization you are applying for:
      • Pre-completion OPT: (c)(3)(A)
      • Post-completion OPT: (c)(3)(B)
  • Fill out the form by following the prompts.  
  • You will be asked to upload documents. All documents must be in a certain format and no more than 6 MB per file: JPG, JEPG, PDF, TIF, OR TIFF (No PDFs for photos). Name documents with simple text and no special characters
    • US passport-style photo (taken within the last six (6) months)
    • Copy of the new OPT I-20 from ISS and past CPT I-20s only for post-completion applications.
    • Copy of current I-94 printout (if you have a paper I-94 card, include front & back)
    • Copy of passport (photocopy of photo page, renewal page if original has expired, and pages showing amendments such as name changes, corrections etc.)
    • If applicable, copy of any previously issued employment authorization documents (e.g. EAD cards)
    • Proof of past and present enrollment. Upload your unofficial transcript available from your MCC Student Self Service portal. 
  • Pay the OPT filing fee (Double check the fee amount at https://www.uscis.gov/i-765)  
    • Bank account and routing number
      • Must be drawn at a financial institution that is physically  located in the U.S.
    • Credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
      • Call your credit card company or bank to let them know this fee will  be charged.
  • Download a copy of the application  for your reference. You cannot make any changes once the application is submitted.
  • A receipt number will show immediately upon filing, and a paper notice will also be mailed to you.  
  • Requests for Evidence, biometrics appointment info, approvals, denials will show in the "Documents" section. Paper copies will also be mailed.
  • The G-1145 is not part of the online application; it is only available when mailing a paper application.
Dates Related to Applying for Post Completion OPT
Quarter Last Day
of Classes
Post Completion OPT application dates.
Apply early!
Email ISS for a new I-20 requesting OPT on page two. ISS will need to know which date you hope to start OPT. Pick between these range of dates. Your OPT will end no later than 14 months after the last day of classes.
Fall 2022 Nov 21, 2022 Aug 23, 2022 -
Jan 20, 2023
Nov 22, 2022 -
Jan 20, 2023
Jan 19, 2024
Winter 2022 Feb 27, 2023 Nov 29, 2022 -
Apr 28, 2023
Feb 28, 2023 -
Apr 28, 2023
Apr 27, 2024
Spring 2022-23 May 24, 2023 Feb 23, 2023 -
July 23, 2023
May 25, 2023 -
July 23, 2023
July 22, 2024
Summer 2023 Aug 15, 2023 May 17, 2023 -
Oct 14, 2023
Aug 16, 2023 -
Oct 14, 2023
Oct 13, 2024