24-Month STEM OPT Extension

ATTENTION!

Students on the 24-month STEM OPT can click the button below to

  • Report change to a new STEM E-Verified employer
  • Report material changes to my current Form I-983
  • Submit the 6-month, 12-month, or 18-month STEM OPT validation report
  • Submit self-evaluationsReport loss of employment and submit self-evaluation

Report STEM OPT employment

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.  

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

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 (no more than 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.

 

Last updated: 7/20/2018