Premium Services for OPT and STEM OPT I-765


By Paul Szeto LLC

For the first time ever, USCIS will allow F-1 students to file their OPT and STEM OPT employment authorization applications using Premium Processing Service for the following categories:

  • (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT;
  • (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
  • (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for STEM students.

The specific timetable is as follows:

1) Beginning March 6, 2023:   F-1 students will be allowed to upgrade pending Form I-765s (Applications for Employment Authorization) to Premium Processing Services via Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service).

2) Beginning April 3, 2023:  F-1 students will be allowed to use Premium Processing Service when filing a new I-765 applications. 

USCIS will reject applications if they do not follow the above timeline. 

Applicants may submit the applications online or by mail. An online account is required for online filing.  

F-1 students are reminded that they must follow the filing instructions and legal requirements to avoid delay or rejections.

(Immigration laws and policies change regularly.  If you have any questions regarding this article, please visit to schedule a legal consultation.)  


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