HIO OPT Request Form
Students must submit the above electronic form to the HIO to request an I-20 with an OPT recommendation. The form will require that students upload the following documents:
- The HIO Date Verification Form.
- A copy of your I-94 record.
- For post-completion OPT only, proof of payment for the HIO maintanence fee.
- GSAS and HSPH ScD/DrPH Students: As part of the required documents, you will also need to upload a letter from your department or dissertation advisor confirming your defense and diploma award dates when you submit the HIO OPT electronic form request.
To help accommodate the large number of OPT requests, the HIO will begin accepting OPT requests for review on Monday, February 8, 2021 via a new web form. The HIO will start releasing new OPT I-20s on Friday, February 26, 2021 via email.
To guarantee that you receive your OPT I-20 in time to file on the earliest date with the USCIS, you must submit your OPT request to the HIO no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Cases submitted after this date will be processed by the HIO in 5-7 business days.
Please remember, you cannot submit your final OPT application to USCIS more than 90 days before your program end date (Form I-20 end date) or your application will be rejected.