After Submitting your STEM OPT Application to USCIS

What to Expect after Mailing Your STEM OPT Application  

 Your US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) portal  should provide you with copies of important documentation. In addition you should receive three (3) pieces of mail via US Postal Service from USCIS:   

  • an I-797 notice of receipt,  

  • an I-797 notice of approval,  

  • and, ultimately, the official EAD card.   

Review the information carefully on all documents.   

You can check your OPT application’s status at USCIS Case Status Online   

Contact your HIO advisor immediately if:   

  • You do not receive your USCIS receipt notice within 60 days of submitting your OPT application   

  • You receive a Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) from USCIS  

  •  Your OPT application is returned to you by USCIS  

  • There is incorrect information on your EAD card 

For information FAQs regarding travel, continued employment and more please visit this STEM OPT FAQs and Travel on Post-Completion OPT, STEM OPT, or AT.