On April 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students are now able to file OPT applications online. This covers pre-completion and post-completion OPT, and the STEM 24-month extension. Filing online better supports application tracking and communication with USCIS, immediate confirmation of submission, and in most cases, a reduction in processing time. In order to file online, students must have or create a USCIS online account.