Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Optional Practical Training

NEW PROCEDURES IN PROCESSING OPT REQUESTS

Students may begin applying for Post-Completion OPT up to 90 days before their graduation date.

Students who are graduating and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Upon Completion of Studies will need to attend a session to learn more about applying for OPT and pick-up an information packet.

OPT Pick-up sessions will be held at 11:00a.m. & 2:00p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Cousin's Hall.

**Please note: students must attend an OPT Information pick-up session before they can submit their documents to apply.**

Students who are not currently in Kingsville should make arrangements to attend a pick-up session in person.  Students must be physically present for the pick-up session.  OISSS will not issue an OPT I-20 to students who do not attend a pick-up session No exceptions. 

It is highly recommended that students attend pick-up sessions and begin applying early, as it can take 3-5 months for USCIS to process applications.

Please allow 5-7 days for a DSO to review the OPT Application request and for the form I-20 to be issued.

If you have any questions about attending a pick-up session or scheduling an appointment, please contact OISSS at 361-593-3317 or visit the front desk located in Cousin's Hall.

Form ISSS-150, Request for Post-Completion OPT
Form ISSS-145, Request for Pre-Completion OPT
Form ISSS-155, Request for STEM OPT Extension
Form ISSS-160, Request for Data Validation
Instructions for Submitting Processing Fees Through TAMUK MarketPlace
USCIS Lockbox Mailing Addresses 
SEVP Post-Completion OPT Q&A 
Important Information to Remember 
Information to know After Applying for OPT Employment 
Travel Issues

This page was last updated on: May 26, 2015