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Spring 2019 OPT Application Processing Times

OPT Application Processing Times Are Taking Longer than 3 Months

While USCIS shows that OPT applications are taking up to 5 months to process, USC has seen a slightly shorter average time. Here at USC, we’ve been seeing the processing time average between 3.5 – 4 months. If your OPT is still processing, please try to be patient. You are not alone. The only way you can expedite the processing of your OPT application is if you meet one of these criteria. If you believe you meet one of these criteria, you will need to call USCIS’s Customer Service Hotline (1-800-375-5283) to request an expedite. You will be required to provide ample evidence, and the standard of proof is very high for granting these expedite requests. ISS advisors are not able to provide specific advice on submitting expedite requests to USCIS.

The best way to check your case status is to go to uscis.gov >> “Check Case Status.” Use the receipt number on your Notice of Action to track your case status. This website is the most accurate reflection of your OPT application status.


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