Important Updates for OPT & STEM Applications

10/02/2020

On Sept. 29, 2020, a federal district court preliminarily prohibited DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the previously announced "USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements" rule. While the rule is preliminarily prohibited, USCIS will continue to accept the current I-765 form edition and fee ($410). Please visit the USCIS website for more information.

 


 

09/23/2020

USCIS has announced a final rule that adjusts the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. F-1 Students applying for Post-Completion OPT or OPT STEM should be aware of the following information:

 

Form I-765

  • Always ensure you are using the most updated I-765 form by downloading it directly from the USCIS websiteNever use a copy of the I-765 form obtained from another individual or previously saved on your computer.
  • Always check the edition date of theI-765 form listed at the bottom left hand corner of the form.


Fee Increase

  • On October 02, 2020, the I-765 filling fee for Post-Completion OPT and OPT STEM will increase from $410 to $550 USD.

Special note: Applications must be postmarked before October 02, 2020 if you want to take advantage of the lower $410 fee.

*** All applications postmarked on or after October 02, 2020 will be subject to the $550 application fee. USCIS will deny applications with incorrect filing fees. ***


Important points regarding the I-765 Editions:

  • 8/25/20 Edition – use for applications postmarked between August 25, 2020 to October 02, 2020
  1. This I-765 edition will only be accepted if postmarked on or after August 25, 2020 AND before October 02, 2020
  2. This I-765 edition will NOT be accepted after October 02, 2020
  • 10/02/20 Edition – use for applications postmarked on or after October 02, 2020
  1. This I-765 edition is not yet available but will be on or after October 02, 2020.
  2. This I-765 edition will NOT be accepted if your application is postmarked before October 02, 2020
  3. This is the ONLY I-765 edition accepted for applications postmarked on or after October 02, 2020.

*** USCIS will deny applications filed with the incorrect i765 edition. ***


Please remember that while the ISO is here to help and assist, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure that your OPT/STEM application is completed without errors.  Kindly direct any inquiries you have to the ISO inbox at [email protected]


FAQ:

Q: I received my I-20 with OPT recommendation before October 02, 2020 but did not mail my application until after October 02, 2020, which I-765 edition do I use?

A: You must use the 10/02/20 edition and pay the $550 fee.
 

Q: I received my I-20 with OPT recommendation and will mail my application before October 02, 2020 which I-765 edition do I use?

A: You must use the 08/25/20 edition and pay the $410 fee.
 

Q: I received my I-20 with OPT recommendation after October 02, 2020 and will mail my application until after October 02, 2020, which I-765 edition do I use?

A: You must use the 10/02/20 edition and pay the $550 fee.