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Filing the Paper Based Form I-765

This page provides detailed instructions on how to fill out the I-765 if you are applying for OPT by mail. If you instead wish to file the I-765 online, we have a separate resource for that.

The following instructions are provided as a service solely to the international students of Stony Brook University who are applying for the 24-Month STEM Extension. Due to frequent government updates, VIS may make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents on this page at any time without prior notice.

These directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services ultimately provides the decision on your STEM application. It is your responsibility, as the STEM applicant, to ensure that your application is accurate and complete before you submit it to the US government. Incomplete applications could result in a delay in processing time or denial. Stony Brook University in no event shall be held liable for any delay, denial, or mistake on your STEM application.

Download the most recent Form I-765. We strongly recommend that you type your answers to prevent unclear handwriting from causing any issues or delays.

Step 1: Print and sign your new I-20
Step 2: Prepare your supporting documents
Step 3: Complete the I-765
Step 4: Assemble and Review Your OPT Application
Step 5: Send Your OPT Application by UPS/FedEx to the US Government
Step 6: Confirm USCIS Received your Application & Track the Status
Step 7: Report the Approval of your OPT
Step 8: Report your OPT Employer to VIS