Center for International Services & Programs

New I-20, preparing your application, and mailing STEM OPT to USCIS

New I-20, preparing your application, and mailing STEM OPT to USCIS

When you receive an email from ISS, pick up your new STEM OPT Extension endorsed I-20 or set up express mailing of the STEM OPT Extension: 

  • Sign the new I-20 at the bottom of page 1.
  • Photocopy after signing; you will send the photocopy, not the original I-20

Gather the following documents

  • Copy of Form I-20 with your signature and STEM Extension endorsement by your DSO (CISP adviser) (must arrive at USCIS within 60 days of issuance)
  • Form I-765 (Be sure to include your employer’s name as listed in E-Verify and E-Verify Company Identification Number or valid E-Verify Client Company Identification Number)
  • Job offer letters and pay stubs (Your Form I20 is not proof of employment)
  • Copy of your transcript
  • A copy of Form I-94 (which can be obtained at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov)
  • A copy of your current EAD card (front and back)
  • 2 passport-style photos. Lightly write your name and I-94 number on the back of each photo. (Review number 2. C on page 8 of the “Required Documentation” section of USCIS photo instructions)
  • $410 I-756 Filling fee paid by money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (see website for more infomation Form I-765 filing fee )
  • Completed G-1145 Form (optional; it signs you up for email/text message notification of your application’s arrival at USCIS)
  • Note: the I-983 Training Plan does not need to be submitted to USCIS (unless USCIS requests a copy during STEM OPT extension processing). You should keep a copy of the plan for your own records, and CISP also keeps a copy.

Mail you application to USCIS

IF YOUR PHYSICAL LIVING ADDRESS IS IN:

MAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado,
Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,
North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota,
Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming,
Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands.

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:

USCIS
PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036

For Express Mail and Courier Deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware,
District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Mississippi,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,
New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont,
Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands,
or West Virginia

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:

USCIS
PO Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266

For Express Mail and Courier Deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067