STEM OPT Extension – OPT Work Authorization
The STEM OPT extension allows students with science, technology, engineering, or math degrees to apply for extending their post-completion OPT authorization.
Eligibility – In order to qualify for 24 month OPT extension you must:
Be in F-1 status
Be currently working in a period of post-completion OPT
Have a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in an eligible STEM field. You may be eligible to use previously obtained STEM degree earned in the U.S. for this requirement. However, you must have received your recent degree which may or may not be a STEM-related from a currently accredited Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school in the US, Have received your prior, qualifying STEM degree in the U.S. within 10 years of applying for the STEM OPT extension. Also, it is vital that the qualifying STEM degree must be on the Department of Homeland Security’s STEM Designated Degree Program List at the time you submit your STEM OPT extension application.
Work for an employer who meets all the requirements listed below in the STEM OPT Employer Responsibilities section.
Be able to complete the I-983 Training Plan with your employer.