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 Premium Processing Option

Beginning March 6, 2023, USCIS began phasing in premium processing for F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) and STEM OPT extensions. Premium processing is submitted through Online Filing of USCIS Form I-907 and is available to F-1 students in categories (c)(3)(B), and (c)(3)(C).  Premium processing provides expedited processing services within 30 calendar days. The fee for Premium Processing Service for I-765 is $1,500. This is a non-refundable fee and can only be submitted at the time of your application to USCIS. Before you seek out this option, check USCIS's current processing times.  

Apply Online with a USCIS Account

Submit your OPT Application to USCIS


Important Reminders:

  • USCIS must receive your OPT Application no later than 30 days after we issue your OPT I-20
  • USCIS must receive your OPT Application within your 5-month eligibility window:
    • No earlier than 90 days before the end of your program completion date.
    • No later than 60 days after the end of your program completion date.

  • If filing online close to any deadlines, note that USCIS operates on Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) which is 7 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Ensure all applications are complete and submitted before 4:59 PM PST of the current day in order for it to be considered as submitted on that day.

    For USCIS form details, including filing tips, direct filing address (paper forms), and instructions, visit the USCIS website.

Do you have additional questions about this OPT Stage? Follow the links below to get your answers: