USCIS Flexibilities for OPT

On February 26, USCIS’s announcement acknowledged how students have been affected by delayed receipt issuance related to their Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (OPT application) and described flexibilities for affected students whose applications were received on or after October 1, 2021 through May 1, 2021. 

If you submitted your application to USCIS, ISS strongly encourages you to read the February 26 announcement so that you are familiar with the flexibilities. ISS has developed some resources to assist students through the process and anyone who needs further assistance is welcome to reach out to ISS staff by email at (with questions or to request an appointment) at any time. For those who have been affected by the delays and are comfortable independently working through the steps outlined by USCIS, you may begin that process at any time.


ISS staff members still have some questions that are unanswered by USCIS’ announcement, as you may too, and we are hoping to receive more information from USCIS. If USCIS releases more information or staff members learn more from other reputable sources, we will certainly share that with you and update the Frequently Asked Questions.