New Jersey Institute of Technology The Office of International Students & Faculty Optional Practical Training Optional Practical Training in F-1 Status Pre-Completion & Post-Completion Optional Practical Training Definition • Pre-Completion Practical Training: is employment in your field of study before you complete your degree. (If you are considering this option for OPT during a semester or summer, remember you must have been in full time status for one academic year (fall and spring semesters). OPT will be part time during the semester unless your are completing a project, thesis or dissertation. Post-Completion Practical Training: is employment in your field of study after you complete your degree. • It may take 3 months for the USCIS to grant OPT. Eligibility • You are a degree candidate who has been in lawful status as a full-time student for at least one academic year. • For Post-Completion Practical Training, you must apply BEFORE you complete your degree. • You may engage in Optional Practical Training only after you receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. This process can take approximately 3 months. Students Instructions For Applying For Optional Practical Training • Complete an Advisor Form. • Have two immigration photos taken. Lightly, in pencil using capital letters, print your name and write the number of your I-94 card on the back of each photograph. • Complete the I-765 form and sign your name after “Your Certification”. Complete the OPT Request Form. • $340 check, and two photos should be placed in a white business envelope. • Bring your most recent I-20 when you hand in the application to OIS&F. OMB No. 1615-004 Department of Homeland Security Do not write in this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services I-765, Application f Employment Authorizati ____________________________________________________________________________ Do not write in this block. Remarks Action Block Fee Stamp A# Applicant is filing under §274a.12 _____ Application Approved. Employment Authorized / Extended (Circle One) until ______________ (Date). ______________ (Date). Subject to the following conditions: ____________________________________________________ Application Denied. Failed to establish eligibility under 8 CFR 274a.12 (a) or (c). Failed to establish economic necessity as required in 8 CFR 274a.12(c)(14), (18) and 8 CFR 214.2(f) I am applying for: Permission to accept employment. Replacement (of lost employment authorization document). Renewal of my permission to accept employment (attach previous employment authorization document). ___________________________________________________________________________ 1. Name (Family Name in CAPS) (First) (Middle) 11. Have you ever before applied for employment authorization from USCIS? Yes (If yes, complete below) No ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 2. Other Names Used (Include Maiden Name) Which USCIS Office? Date(s) ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 3. Address in the United States (Number and Street) (Apt. Number) Results (Granted or Denied - attach all documentation) c/o NJIT Office of International Students & Faculty ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ (Town or City) (State/Country) (ZIP Code) 12. Date of Last Entry into the U.S. (mm/dd/yyyy) 323 MLK Jr. Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102 ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 4. Country of Citizenship/Nationality 13. Place of Last Entry into the U.S. ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 5 Place of Birth (Town or City) (State/Province) (Country) 14 Manner of Last Entry (Visitor, Student, etc.) ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 6. Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) 7. Gender 15 Current Immigration Status (Visitor, Student, etc.) Male Female ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ 8. Marital Status Married Single 16 Go to Part 2 of the Instructions, Eligibility Categories. In the space below, place the letter and number of the category you selected from Widowed Divorced the instructions (For example, (a)(8), (c)(17)(iii), etc.). ________________________________________________________ 9. Social Security Number (Include all numbers you have ever used) (if any) ________________________________________________________ Eligibility under 8 CFR 274a.12 10. Alien Registration Number (A-Number) or I-94 Number (if any) ( c )( 3 )( i ) ______________________________________________________________________________ Certification. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Your Certification: I certify, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America, that the foregoing is true and correct. Furthermore, I authorize the release of any information that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services needs to determine eligibility for the benefit I am seeking. I have read the Instructions in Part 2 and have identified the appropriate eligibility category in Block 16. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature Telephone Number Date ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Person Preparing Form, If Other Than Above: I declare that this document was prepared by me at the request of the applicant and is based on all information of which I have any knowledge. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Print Name Address Signature Date ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Remarks Initial Receipt Resubmitted Relocated Completed Rec'd Sent Approved Denied Returned _____________________________________________________________________________ Form I-765 (Rev. 10/26/05)Y Your Practical Training application is now ready to be processed by your International Student Advisor. Drop off a copy of your current I-20, OPT Request Form, I-765, and the NJIT Advisor Form at the Office of International Students & Faculty, Fenster Hall, Room 140. Your application will be completed in 7-10 business days. Mailing Checklist AFTER your International Student Advisor has processed your Practical Training Application: • Photocopies of ALL student I-20s (current and previous), Your advisor will approve OPT in SEVIS and it will be shown on page 3 of the new I-20. • Photocopies of front and back of I-94 card • Photocopies of passport pages containing picture, expiration date and visa • Original I-765 form • Envelope with: - Two photos with your name and admission number penciled on the back - Personal Check or Money Order for $340 payable to “Department of Homeland Security.” Your International Student Advisor will keep the original OPT Request Form and will place it in your OIS&F folder. Send your completed Application to: United States Citizenship & Immigration Services 75 Lower Welden Street St.Albans, Vermont 05479 Use Certified, return receipt to mail your documents. This service is available at a local U.S. Post Office. UPS or Federal Express are other options. COPY ALL DOCUMENTS YOU MAIL TO USCIS • Copy all documents before you mail and keep this safely with your important documents. Do not travel outside of U.S. borders without an I-20 signed by your international student advisor, a valid U.S. entry visa, an employment letter, and your EAD. You must be returning to “resume employment” to be granted re- entry by I.C.E.