For the first time ever, international F-1 students can request premium processing for their Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization filed under one of these categories:
- (c)(3)(A): Pre-completion optional practical training (OPT)
- (c)(3)(B): Post-completion OPT
- (c)(3)(C): 24-month extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students
- Your Form I-765 is already pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): As of March 6, you may request premium processing
- You have not submitted your Form I-765 yet: Starting on Monday, April 3, you can submit a premium processing request together with your Form I-765 requesting OPT
To request premium processing, you must submit the edition of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service dated November 3, 2022. USCIS no longer accepts previous editions of Form I-907.
You may submit the form online through your USCIS online account or by paper. If you want to submit the Form I-907 online but already filed a paper Form I-765, follow the account access notice instructions that USCIS sent you to link your paper Form I-765 to your online account.
Please note you must pay the Form I-907 fee separately from the Form I-765 filing fees. If you submit a single, combined fee payment for multiple forms, USCIS will reject your entire filing.
Why This Matters
While we are pleased to see USCIS offer premium processing to students applying for OPT, we continue to hear stakeholder feedback in support of expanding premium processing to additional applicants and regularly raise this feedback with USCIS.
USCIS announced it intends to further expand premium processing in 2023:
- May: For certain student and exchange visitors with a pending Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
- June: For certain student and exchange visitors filing initial Form I-539 applications