Mailing Instructions

It is the responsibility of the student to assemble a completed​ OPT application and to mail the application to USCIS in a timely manner.

Mail your complete OPT application to USCIS 

    • Your application must be received by USCIS within 30 days of the date OPT is recommended. If you have not mailed your application within three weeks of the advisor's recommendation you should speak with an advisor. Depending on how you choose to mail your application, send your application packet to one of the following addresses:

      By U.S. Postal Service (USPS) with delivery confirmation:
      USCIS
      PO Box 660867
      Dallas, TX 75266

      By Express Mail or Courier Service (Fed Ex, UPS, etc.):
      USCIS
      Attn: AOS
      2501 S. State Hwy. 121
      Business Suite 400
      Lewisville, TX 75067

After mailing your application, you will receive:

    • E-mail and/or text message (if you submitted Form G-1145): Use the EAC Number on this notice to check the status of your application online.
    • Notice of Action: Within 4 weeks, you should receive a Notice of Action, indicating that your application has been received by USCIS and is being processed. Provide the Glavin Office with a copy if you receive this notice directly. Use the EAC Number on this notice to check the status of your application online.
    • Rejected Application (if applicable): Your application may be returned to you. Common reasons for this is the OPT was recommended more than 30 days from receipt and checks incorrectly issued. Contact an advisor before resubmitting your OPT application.
    • Request for Evidence (if applicable): You may receive a notice indicating that additional documentation is required for your application. Contact an advisor for assistance should this occur. It may take 2-3 more months from the date USCIS receives the requested materials to approve your application.
    • Employment Authorization Document (EAD):
      If there are no problems with your application, you should receive your EAD approximately 2-3 months from the date your application is received. A separate Approval Notice will likely arrive a couple days ahead of the EAD. Inspect your EAD for accuracy and contact USCIS Customer Service at 800-375-5283 if there are errors. Make two photocopies of your EAD; send one to The Glavin Office and keep the other copy in a safe place.
    • If you lose your EAD you must apply for a replacement by submitting a new Form I-765, another application fee, two photographs, and a copy of your previous application to USCIS.