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STEM OPT Extension


Visit the Department of Homeland Security: Study in the States - STEM OPT Hubwhich includes:

  • Determining STEM OPT Extension Eligibility
  • STEM OPT Reporting Requirements
  • Transition Plan Overview for STEM OPT
  • Guide to complete Training Plan Form I-983

Please note:

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offers best practices information on STEM OPT Extension as a courtesy to international students under a Texas State University issued Form I-20. All information provided is not considered legal advice. 

General Overview

  • A student may file for the 24-month extension up to 90 days prior to the end date of post-completion OPT. USCIS must receive the application no later than the expiration date of the original OPT.
  • Applicant must be working on unexpired post-completion OPT.
  • Applicant must be working for an E-Verify employer. USCIS has created an online E-Verify Employer Search Tool.
  • The primary major CIP code, found on the I-20, should be on the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List.
  • Applicant may work up to 180 days beyond the expiration date of their EAD while the STEM application is pending with USCIS.

USCIS processing times for the Form I-765 may vary. Please review Check Case Processing Times

Review the following information carefully: