24-Month STEM OPT Extension

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Overview

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule allowing certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, and who meet other specified requirements, to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT.  The 24-month extension will replace the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to STEM students.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to review the STEM OPT Information and Application Workshop (PDF, 1.2MB) before submitting the application materials to OIP.  You will need a Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.

STEM OPT Information and Application Workshop

USCIS Fee Changes

$410 for applications received by USCIS on or after December 23, 2016

Application Procedures

Plan Ahead! The processing time for OIP to issue an I-20 for STEM OPT extension is 5 business days.

Step 1: Understand what STEM OPT is and how it works

You can submit the application up to 90 days before your current OPT ends.  All applicants are required to review the STEM OPT Information and Application Workshop before submitting the application materials to OIP.

Step 2: Prepare and submit application materials OIP

Submit your completed application to OIP for an I-20 with STEM OPT recommendation.

Step 3: Mail your application

An F-1 International Student Advisor will review your application materials and issue a new I-20 for your STEM OPT application. You will need to pick up your new I-20 and all the application materials at the OIP front desk once we contact you (within 5 business days, excluding weekends and holidays), and then mail them to the USCIS.