Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Optional Practical Training (OPT)


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.

Sign-up sheets are available at the front desk in Cousin's Hall so students can select a session date to attend.

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.  International Student Services 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.

Once students attend an OPT Pick-Up session, they may request an OPT recommendation I-20 from a DSO. To obtain a recommendation in SEVIS and an OPT I-20, students must submit the Student Letter, Department Letter, Official Transcript & Processing Fee Receipt to the ISSS office.  

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 the ISSS Office at 361-593-3317 or visit the front desk located in Cousin's Hall.

Post-Completion OPT Turn-In and Application Checklist

Instructions for Submitting Processing Fees Through TAMUK MarketPlace

Student Letter

Sample Form I-765

USCIS Lockbox Mailing Addresses

SEVP Post-Completion OPT Q&A

Form ISSS-160, Request for Data Validation Form

Important Information to Remember

Information to know After Applying for OPT Employment

Travel Issues

This page was last updated on: May 01, 2015