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Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Tutorial



In spring 2023, International Student Services (ISS) transitioned away from in-person OPT filing appointments.  We welcome any questions you may have about OPT eligibility and the application process, however, we ask that you read the tutorial before forwarding us your inquiry.  Open advising is available by phone or in person every Mon - Wed - Fri from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (316-978-3232 option 2).  You may also send your questions to iss@wichita.edu.

This tutorial will guide you through the process of obtaining an OPT I-20 and filing your OPT application with USCIS via an online account.  USCIS still accepts paper filings and information about completing a paper Form I-765 can be found later in the tutorial.


The purpose of this tutorial is to inform students about the process of applying for OPT.  We will cover eligibility requirements, expectations, and required documentation.  The information contained on our website is provided as a service to the international students, faculty, staff, employees, and administrators of Wichita State University, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter.  Our goal is to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website or any associated site.  As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither Wichita State University nor the Office of International Education (OIE) is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.


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