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STEM OPT Extension

The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. Both you and your employer should review details of the requirements of the program on the Study in the States STEM OPT Hub.

Eligible Majors

When to Apply

  • No sooner than 90 days before the end date on your current OPT EAD card.
  • Mail your application to USCIS so that is received before your OPT EAD end date.

How to Apply

Reporting Requirements

  • Submit Form I-983 within first 12 months of STEM OPT with annual evaluation
  • Submit Form I-983 at end of STEM OPT
  • Submit the OPT STEM Reporting Form within ten days to report of changes to your employment, address, email and phone number.

Keep the International Center updated with your employment, address, email, and phone number.

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