New Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) available and effective August 25, 2020
As a reminder, a new version of the Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (version 08/25/2020), used for applications for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and J-2 work permit applications, will become effective on August 25, 2020
The current Form I-765 (ver. 12/26/2019) can be used only if postmarked August 24 or EARLIER.
If you are mailing your application ON or AFTER 08/25/2020, then you need to use the new version (ver. 08/25/2020).
USCIS will return applications without receipting them if sent with the wrong version of the Form I-765.
Links to the I-765 form versions are available on the USCIS website (https://www.uscis.gov/i-765). The 08/25/2020 version will be listed on the “Preview” link until after 08/25/2020, so please be sure to double-check the version you are filing before mailing your application.
For information on employment authorization applications, please consult the ISO website “Employment” pages.