The 24-month STEM OPT extension benefit went into effect Monday, May 10, 2016. This new benefit replaces the previous 17-month OPT extension option.
The STEM OPT extension allows some students with science, technology, engineering, or math degrees to apply to extend their post-completion OPT authorization. Students with STEM degrees and currently in their 12-month OPT period should review the eligibility requirements, application timeline, and instructions below.
Students with pending 17-month OPT applications:
You will receive a "request for evidence" (RFE) from USCIS to allow you to demonstrate
your eligibility for the 24-month STEM OPT extension. See the STEM Application Procedures page.
Students with approved 17-month OPT extensions: