OPT Application Process

When to Apply

**update** You can now file online at USCIS. DO NOT FILE ONLINE UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR NEW I-20 REQUESTING OPT FROM THE ISSO.

Apply early! 

Applying for OPT is a long process. USCIS processing time may be up to 5 months. And, it may take ISSO up to 7-10 buisiness days to process a student’s OPT recommendation request. You must complete the steps below to apply for OPT.

Step 1: Watch all of the videos. If you still have questions regarding the OPT process you can sign in to talk with a specialist or you can email isso@unl.edu and we will usually get back to you within 24 hours.

Step 2: Take the quiz. We will not email you the OPT recommendation form until you receive 100% on the quiz. HINT: The quiz link is on one of the videos.

Step 3: Once completed by you and your academic advisor submit the OPT recommendation form to the ISSO.

Step 4: Assemble your OPT application. You can either email your application documents to ISSO@unl.edu for review or you can schedule a zoom meeting with a specialist here.

Step 5: Mail your application packet to USCIS