Current USCIS processing times of F1 OPT, STEM OPT EAD Applications for 2020

Processing times last updated on : September 26, 2020 (GMT)
Latest processing times for F1 OPT, STEM OPT are daily pulled from USCIS website.
Below are the Processing times for F1 OPT, STEM OPT by USCIS Service Center. Also, read common FAQs onthe processing times at the end.

California Service Center (CSC, WAC)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD10 Months - 13 MonthsSeptember 09, 2019

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at California Service Center (CSC, WAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


National Benefits Center (NBC)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD2.5 Months - 5 MonthsApril 29, 2020

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at National Benefits Center (NBC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD4 Months - 6 MonthsApril 01, 2020

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Potomac Service Center (YSC)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD2.5 Months - 5 MonthsApril 29, 2020

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at Potomac Service Center (YSC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD1.5 Months - 5 MonthsApril 29, 2020

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC)

F1 OPT, STEM OPT Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
EAD3 Months - 5 MonthsApril 29, 2020

If your F1 OPT, STEM OPT application was filed at Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


What are these F1 OPT and STEM OPT processign times ?

These are general processing for F1 OPT, STEM OPT applications filed with USCIS using form I-765 for EAD. These processing times are daily pulled from USCIS processing times website

Can I file F1 OPT or STEM OPT application in premium processing?

No, you cannot filed the OPT or STEM OPT EAD applications in premium processing

What are the average processing times for F1 OPT and STEM OPT ?

Depending on the location of filing, I-765 application for EAD can take anywhere from 4 months to 12 months. In general, USCIS processing times listed are given for general I-765 form and not specific to F1 OPT or STEM OPT. So, the processing times really vary and hard to say precisely the times for F1 OPT and STEM OPT

How soon can I apply for OPT EAD ?

You can apply for OPT when on F1 status upto 90 days before end of your program or the end date of program listed on your I-20. Also, you can apply for OPT EAD after your graduation upto 60 days after your graduation

How much unemployment time is allowed on OPT EAD ?

You can accrue a maximum of up to 90 days unemployment time on OPT EAD

When should my Start date be for F1 OPT EAD ?

Your start date for OPT EAD should be within 60 days from the date of your graduation or program end date. It cannot be further than 60 days

What happends, if I apply after or before the allowed period of filing of OPT EAD ?

USCIS will reject the application, if you do not follow the timelines listed by USCIS.