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STEM Extension of OPT

This request is for qualified students in a valid period of post-completion OPT who wish to request an additional 24 months of OPT authorization. Students with STEM Designated Degrees  should review the eligibility requirements, application process, regulatory considerations, and reporting responsibilities.

To be eligible for STEM all applicants must:
  • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a field on the DHS STEM Designated Degree Programs list.
  • ​Currently be participating in post-completion OPT, working for a US employer in a job directly related to your STEM major area of study.
  • Have a job offer from an employer registered with the E-Verify employment verification system at the time of application for the STEM OPT extension.
  • STEM eligibility based on previously earned degrees – If you earned a STEM degree in the United States in the past 10 years, you may be eligible for a STEM OPT even if your most recent degree is not on the STEM list.
  • Apply for the extension up to 90 days before the end of the approved post-completion OPT.
*Only two STEM extensions per lifetime

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OPT Employer Update

If you have any OPT employment changes to report, please click below.

STEM Validation Reporting