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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 the USCIS Account page
    • 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 > Look for the I-765 Employment Authorization application>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)
      • The photo must be at least 600x600 pixels. The size must not be more than 6 MB.
      • The file must be a JPG, JEPG, PDF, TIF, OR TIFF – NO PDFs.
      • Photos must meet US photograph requirements, or they will be rejected and delay processing. See details at the Department of State Passport Photos website  
    • 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. 
  • 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 needs the date you hope to start OPT. Pick a date within this range of dates. Your OPT will end no later than 14 months after the last day of classes.
Winter 2023 Feb 27, 2024 Nov 29, 2023 - 
Apr 27, 2024
Feb 28 - 2024 -
Apr 27, 2024
Apr 27, 2025
Spring 2023-2024 May 22, 2024 Feb 22, 2024 -
July 14, 2024
May 23, 2024 -
July 24, 2024
July 22, 2025
Summer 2024 Aug 15, 2024 May 17, 2024 -
Oct 14, 2024
Aug 16, 2024 -
Oct 14, 2024
Oct 15, 2025