How to Apply
Step 1: Complete the Mandatory ISS OPT Workshop
Online in Terra Dotta
The OPT workshop is part of the OPT request form in Terra Dotta. You must complete all required video modules. All of the required modules will take you up to a total of 50 minutes to complete. You must complete the OPT Workshop Quiz after viewing the video modules.
Step 2: Complete All Sections of the OPT Form and Acknowledge Your Statement of Responsibility
Upload all necessary documents and fill out the “Document Mailing Information” and “OPT Request Form” questionnaires.
At the end of the form, you will do the following:
- Certify that you have completed the mandatory ISS OPT Workshop
- Review your mandatory reporting requirements while on OPT
- Acknowledge your understanding to fulfill those reporting requirements and the acceptable time frame to submit your OPT application materials to USCIS
Step 3: Submit the ISS OPT Application Form
Click on the “Submit” button at the top of the OPT form after you have completed all sections and accepted the Statement of Responsibility.
The earliest date to submit this form to ISS is 115 days before your date of completion, if you are applying for post-completion OPT.
Step 4: Mail All Required Documents to USCIS
*ISS recommends that you file your USCIS I-765 OPT application online. Since this is a newly created option, our office is still in the process of writing guidance specifically for UW-Madison students. Basic tips for the online application can be found on the USCIS website here.*
Compile all of the documents required by USCIS. A checklist of required documents is available after you accept the Statement of Responsibility. USCIS processing times are posted online.
If you will mail your USCIS I-765 OPT application: Make a copy of your completed OPT application packet before you mail it to USCIS. Keep this in a safe place for your permanent records.
The USCIS address you send your application materials to depends on the address you use on the USCIS Form I-765, Part 2, Question 5, and the method you use to mail the application. Direct mailing addresses for USCIS Form I-765 for foreign students applying for OPT are located on their website.