Important Updates

USCIS Announces I-765 Application Fee Increases Effective April 1, 2024

On January 31, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Final Rule to adjust fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit applications, effective April 1, 2024. This includes applications for F-1 Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT, and STEM OPT Extension. As of April 1, 2024, there will also be differences in pricing between applications filed online, versus mail-in… Read more »

USCIS Update: Expansion of Premium Processing

December 28, 2024 Update As of February 26, 2024, premium processing fees for certain applications will be increased due to inflation. The final rule outlining the increase in fees can be found here on the Federal Register website. __________________________________________________________________________________ In June 2023, USCIS announced that they would expand premium processing for applicants filing Form I-539, Application… Read more »


Dear Northeastern Students and Alumni, Beginning on December 7, 2023, OGS deactivated its general office email addresses and implement a newly designed inquiry form in our self-service portal.  Effective immediately, students are encouraged to contact OGS through one of the below methods for any inquiries or concerns: 1. Submit a question online through our new… Read more »

USCIS Error: Biometrics Appointments and OPT/STEM Extension Applications

On July 12th, the USCIS implemented a feature on I-765 applications called “myProgress” that will eventually allow OPT/STEM applications to see more detail about their pending applications. Unfortunately, there was a glitch with this feature showing a biometrics appointment requirement. Please note that students can disregard this as biometrics appointments are NOT currently required for… Read more »

USCIS Tip Sheet: Avoiding I-765 Delays

The Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman recently published a “tip sheet” for F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT). OGS encourages all of our students to review this guidance ahead filing the Form I-765 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to avoid unnecessary delays in the adjudication of your OPT application! Tip Sheet: How F-1… Read more »

SEVP Update: Sign and Send I-983 Electronically

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has announced that students and employers may now utilize electronic signatures on the Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.” You can learn more about this change by reading the announcement on the Study in the States website.  


Starting January 3, 2023, USCIS will only accept the 10/31/22 edition of the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Access the 10/31/22 edition of Form I-765 Here Please note, this only applies to F-1 students who submit a paper-based application to USCIS for Pre/Post-Completion OPT or the STEM OPT Extension (it does not apply to… Read more »


For the 2022-2023 Academic Year, Northeastern University will be offering a robust on-campus experience for its students. As such, all students in F-1 and J-1 status are expected to join us for on-ground courses at your location of study indicated on your I-20. You can learn more about maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status and… Read more »

SEVP Guidance for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) updated their guidance to extend certain flexibilities for remote learning toF-1 students studying at U.S. academic institutions due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19 through the end of academic year 2021-22. The previously published March 2020 guidance applies… Read more »


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on 4/12/2021 that F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) and 24 month STEM Extension of OPT (STEM) can now file online. Please click here for the entire announcement. Please remember that the first step in your application continues to be requesting your OPT or STEM recommendation I-20 form from OGS…. Read more »