Optional Practical Training (OPT)

STEM OPT Extension

Eligible F-1 students who have completed a designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree may be eligible to apply for a 24-month STEM OPT Extension. For a list of designated STEM degrees, please click here.

STEM OPT Extension Eligibility

To be eligible for the 24-month STEM OPT Extension, students:

  • Must be in their initial, 12-month Post- Completion OPT period (EAD card must not have already expired).
  • Must have completed a designated STEM degree.
  • Must not have exceeded 90 days of unemployment time during their initial, 12-month OPT period.
  • Must have a bona fide employer-employee relationship with an employer enrolled in E-Verify (self-employment not eligible).
  • Must have a paid, full-time employment offer (20 or more hours per week) for a position directly related to their field of study and appropriate for their degree level. Volunteer/unpaid positions not eligible.

To apply for the OPT STEM Extension, please review the STEM OPT Extension Guidelines and STEM OPT Extension Workshop .

STEM OPT Extension Workshop

STEM OPT Extension Guidelines

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