Check and Money Order Explained
To write a check for your OPT application, you will need to start by making sure that the check has your name and address pre-printed in the top left corner. If there is no address printed, we recommend getting a money order instead.
- You should write the date in the upper right hand corner of the check.
- Next you will need to “Pay to the Order of” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the amount of $410.00 (make sure that you include the amount in dollars and cents).
- On the line under the “Pay to” line, you should be sure to write out the amount in words, i.e. Four hundred ten and 00/100.
- In the Memo/For section, you should be sure to include your SEVIS ID number.
- Finally, you will want to make sure that you hand-sign the check in bottom right hand corner. Do NOT sign the back of the check. Leave that portion entirely blank.
FAQ For Checks
Can I use a check if the address is no longer valid?
Yes, as long as there is a pre-printed address on the check that is fine. If USCIS needs to contact you, they will use the address listed on your I-765 form.
Can I use a check that is in someone else’s name?
Yes, as long as the check is signed by the check holder that is fine. We recommend that you include your name and SEVIS ID number in the For/Memo section.
To purchase a money order, you can go to any United States Post Office location and many drug stores in NYC. The cost of a money order is usually under $2, plus amount of the money order, i.e. $410. Do NOT send your money order separate from the application the money order is for. Your money order should be included with your other application materials.
Money Order Samples
- To fill out the money order, you will need to “Pay to” U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If the money order asks for the recipient address, you should list the address where you are mailing your OPT application.
- In the Memo/Payment For section, you should include your SEVIS ID number.
- In the bottom right corner, you should sign your name in the From section.
- If the money order asks for the purchaser’s address, you should be sure to include the address that you have written on question number #5 on the I-765 form.
- You will also want to keep the receipt portion of the money order for your records as that is the only way you can track your payment.
- Do NOT sign the back of the money order. Leave that portion entirely blank.
- The samples with One Dollar indicated for amount are not the right amount for the OPT application. The current amount for the OPT application is $410.
- Keep the customer receipt for the money order since it's the only way to get the money back if the money order is lost.
In the address section at the left of the money order, write "USCIS" on the top line. Below, write the direct filing address for the Form I-765 as indicated on the USCIS website.