IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: HU and ISO have no influence over USCIS, the final arbiter of OPT approval. There are no guarantees that OPT will be approved and we have no interaction with USCIS beyond any Requests for Evidence they may ask you for.
In order to apply for OPT, a student must do the following:
1. Review the OPT eligibility article to be sure they are eligible
2. Be within 90 days prior to or within 60 days after the program end date listed on the Form I-20
3. Submit OPT request via student portal in Terra Dotta here
Once a student requests an OPT I-20, a DSO will send them their updated I-20 along with the instructions and necessary paperwork for the OPT application. Students must submit their OPT application to USCIS within 30 days of receiving the OPT endorsed I-20 from the ISO. If USCIS does not receive it within 30 days, it will be denied.
The application details will only be sent out with the updated I-20, not any earlier.