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Cancelling OPT

If your OPT application is still pending and you have not received an approval:

If you have submitted your application to USCIS but have not yet received approval, you may contact the Service Center listed on your I-797 Receipt Notice directly to request withdrawal of your application.

To withdraw your application, send a letter to the correct Service Center which is listed on your I-797. Including a copy of your I-797 is also helpful. Here is a sample letter that you may use.

Once you have made this request it will not be possible to change your mind again, though if eligible, you can submit a new application in the future.

 

If you have already been approved:

If you have already received your EAD, submit a letter along with your EAD to the correct Service Center which is listed on your I-797. Here is a sample letter that you may use.

 

Important:

  • It is unlikely that you will receive any response from USCIS.
  • Be sure to keep copies of all documents (including your letter) for your records.
  • You will need to include this letter if you apply for OPT again in the future.
  • There is no guarantee that USCIS will accept your cancellation.
  • USCIS may NOT notify you if they do accept cancellation.
  • You will not receive a refund.

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