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 have authorization for their initial 12-month period of OPT and be working for a U.S. employer in an occupation directly related to their field of study.
  • Must have completed a designated STEM degree.
  • Must have a job or job offer from an E-Verified employer.

To apply for the OPT STEM Extension, please see the STEM OPT Extension Guidelines .

STEM OPT Extension Guidelines

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