F-1 OPT Application Forms

Below please find the documents and forms needed to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

HIO OPT Request Form

This online form allows students to apply for the HIO OPT Recommendation prior to submitting the OPT application to USCIS.

OPT Date Verification Form

For F-1 students applying for OPT to complete and upload to the HIO OPT Request Form as a required document for HIO.

OPT I-765 Instructions

Line by line instructions to complete the Form I-765.

OPT Missing I-20 Letter Template

For students who are missing previous I-20s to included in their OPT applications.

OPT Passport Photo Requirements & Recommendations

Recommendations for the passport photos required in your OPT application to USCIS.

Post-Completion OPT Credit Card Payment (Touchnet)

For students applying for Post-Completion OPT who would like to pay the $150 payment to Harvard University online via credit card.

USCIS OPT Application Checklist

A checklist of all documents needed to submit to USCIS to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

The HIO provides general guidance on your OPT/STEM OPT application based on information obtained from reliable sources and reflecting our years of experience in working with students. We make every attempt to ensure that we provide you with the most up to date information available. Any advice provided to you by our office (as well as the information in this packet) does not constitute legal advice, however. The OPT application is a personal application for which you are responsible; the application preparation and USCIS case decision will vary depending on the facts at issue in your particular case. The HIO does its best to provide you with the most current guidance, but please be mindful that USCIS may change its interpretation of these policies, procedures, regulations, and eligibility requirements at any time. The HIO is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from USCIS.