Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a form of temporary employment authorization for F-1 students. The OPT Case Management Fee cover the cost of mandatory SEVIS compliance and record management for students on post-completion OPT and the STEM extension. While you are on OPT, ISS will continue to maintain your SEVIS record and provide immigration and advising support. You must file Form I-765 while in the United States.

Refund Information:
The following is the refund policy for requests submitted to ISS for OPT recommendation. Refunds are allowed if an ISS advisor rejects the request for OPT due to ineligibility for OPT.

The reasons for a rejection and subsequent refund by ISS include, but are not limited to:
1. Late applications
2. Students that are determined to be out of status
3. Students that did not satisfy the 1 academic year requirement or are otherwise non eligible for OPT

No refunds are provided:
1. After an I-20 is issued with recommendation for OPT. For example, a request for new recommendation dates for OPT is considered a new application.
2. As a result of I-765 denial or delays of OPT adjudication by USCIS

The fee is separate from the $410 processing fee required by USCIS.

International Student Services accepts Visa and MasterCard payments. At this time, we are unable to accept American Express or Discover payments.

Please note that after you submit your OPT fee payment, it may take some time for the transaction to be processed and for you to receive a confirmation email. We urge you to wait patiently and refrain from making multiple payments. Submitting additional payments can result in duplicate charges, which complicates the refund process. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please email intl-isps@arizona.edu for assistance before attempting another payment. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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