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Apply with USCIS

What To Know Before Applying With USCIS:
  • Information about Fees: Form I-765 filing fee
    • ​"When you file your form online, the system will guide you through the process of paying your fees with a credit, debit, or pre-paid card. Bank account withdrawals are also available when paying online. Once you are ready to submit your form, the system will automatically direct you to the secure Department of Treasury site,, to pay your fees online"
  • Form I-765 (Find form and follow all form instructions HERE)
    • Check “Renewal of my permission to accept employment.”
    • Include your employer’s name as listed in E-Verify and E-Verify Company Identification Number or valid E-Verify Client Company Identification Number
    • The Alien Registration Number is the USCIS# listed on your EAD
    • Enter (c)(3)(C) for STEM OPT extension
  • Copy of signed I-20 with STEM OPT recommendation
    • You must file with USCIS within 60 days from the day your STEM OPT I-20 is processed
  • Official transcript (recommended) and copy of diploma as documentation of the STEM degree. 
    • Before you request an official transcript, please make sure your degree has been awarded. You can check that on Blackboard (Degree Audit).
    • USCIS will want to see your graduation date, level and major between the two documents
  • Copy of your current EAD (front and back)
  • A passport photo (ie. Not the same as your current passport or visa.)
  • Most recent I-94 form
    • ​Click on "Get Most Recent I-94" to look up your form 
  • Paperclip form G-1145 on top of application materials (optional)
  • Note: the I-983 Training Plan does not need to be submitted to USCIS (unless USCIS requests a copy during STEM OPT extension processing).
    • Keep a copy for each I-983 for your own records.
  • It is possible to apply for STEM OPT based on a previously earned degree (not at Concordia). In that case, you will need to enter that school's accreditation on the application with USCIS. If your are applying for STEM OPT based on your degree from Concordia, you do not need to enter accreditation information.
Apply with USCIS:
You can start your online application here.

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