Request for F-1 OPT Work Authorization

Use this form to submit your application for pre-completion or post-completion OPT.  Make sure to thoroughly review the important application information and frequently asked questions on the OPT page and attend a workshop before submitting your application.  Application review will take one week and you will receive an email when the new I-20 is ready to pick up.

Important Note: You MUST be in the U.S. when you apply for OPT.  If you are outside of the U.S., you will not be eligible to apply.

Your Information
Enter your 8-digit, UChicago Student ID number
Contact Information
A confirmation and copy of your submission will be sent to this address. Please make sure your email address is complete and accurate.
Enter a 10-digit U.S. phone number where you can be reached. Enter numerals only (e.g. 3125431234). Do NOT include any special characters, such as dots, dashes, or parenthesis.
F-1 OPT Request
If you are in the College, please list your major.
For post-completion OPT, your start date must fall within 60 days of your I-20 end date.
You are eligible for a total of 12 months of OPT per education level (e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate).
Select if you are applying for post-completion or pre-completion OPT. Most OPT applications are POST-completion, meaning the work will take place after your program ends or after graduation. If you are applying to work after your program ends, apply for POST completion OPT, even if your program has not ended yet. Pre-completion OPT is ONLY for work done before your program ends. Typically, it is for internships or other work done in the summer in between school years.