New Edition of Form I-765 Effective 01/07/2017
Starting 02/21/17, USCIS will only accept the 01/17/17 edition. Until then, you can use previous editions. However, all filings postmarked 12/23/16 or later must include the new fees or we will reject them. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Increases Filing Fees
Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS has increased application filing fees, including the following:
Immigration Benefit Request
New Fee ($)
Old Fee ($)
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
I–539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee, or USCIS will reject your application. Additional information and the complete list of fee changes is available at on the USCIS website.
New Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application
Effective October 19, 2016, there is a new form for students who want to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Interested students should go to F-1 Student Employment: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for more information about eligibility requirements, and to download the new form.
Department of Homeland Security Publishes New STEM Regulations
On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published new regulations for the STEM extension of OPT. The new regulations include significant changes to the STEM extension, including:
An increase of the extension from 17 months to 24 months
The STEM extension is available to students two times over the course of their academic career in the U.S.
Students are eligible to apply for the STEM extension based on a previously awarded degree from an accredited U.S. institution
Form I-983 which includes a certification of adherence to a training plan, completed by the employer
Provisions for students currently approved for the 17-month extension to apply for an additional 7 months of OPT authorization
The new regulations will be effective May 10, 2016. International Student Services (ISS) is working diligently to review the new regulations and prepare instructions for how to apply.
Read the new regulation, Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students, in its entirety at the Federal Register. Additional information and resources are available at the Study in the States: STEM OPT Hub.