Department of Automotive Engineering

OPT Application Instructions

These OPT instructions are for international students who plan to graduate in August 2013. Instructions and the timeline will be updated in the fall for students who plan to graduate in December 2013.


This is the time to start the OPT application process. Ideally, your materials will be in 60 days before graduation (June 11).

To learn more about OPT, review the powerpoint from the international office website. http://media.clemson.edu/ia/services/OPTWorkshop.pdf

To apply for OPT, you must do the following:

1. Attend a workshop. If your internship location does not allow you to return to campus, you must review first the OPT powerpoint and take an appointment for a phone OPT Q & A with an International Student Advisor. International students Advisors will be available for phone Q & A starting June 4th, 2013. You can make an appointment by sending an email to the office of International Services at: IS@clemson.edu and using OPT request as the subject line.  (If you have attended a workshop, you do not have to schedule a Q&A call. This is only for students who could not attend a workshop.)

2.  Send the following documents to the Office of International Services (IS). Remember, you can send the documents before completing the workshop/call. The paperwork will be processed after you have attended the workshop/call.

Required Documents:

         Completed IS-I40 signed by your academic advisor (It is your responsibility to get your advisor’s signature.)

         Completed I-765 Application (please review the attached I-765 example to help you complete the form correctly)

         Completed G-1145

         Copy of passport

         Copy of I-94 (both sides)
If needed, please visit this site to retrieve your I-94 number and information. https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html;jsessionid=W82MRBBLKTZXSPMyQ0zMpFhGdDT4JTyKyj67wvJF0pVKQfB8ThZD!-2069423574

         Copy of visa

         Two U.S. passport size photos (2x2)

A check or money order of $380  payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be required for the application, but you do not need to send this to the international office.

You can email scanned copies of your OPT application documents to: is@clemson.edu  Please use OPT request as the subject line.

E-mail is preferred but if you would rather use the mail, please send to:

Office of International Services
E-301 Martin Hall
Box 345714
Clemson, SC 29634-5714

3. After your OPT application documents has been processed, the international office will issue a new I-20 with OPT recommendation on the third page. With this, you will submit the necessary paperwork and payment to USCIS.

If there are questions about this process, please contact IS@clemson.edu.