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OPT STEM Extension

On May 10, 2016, new STEM OPT Extension regulations went into effect which changed the requirements and benefits of this program. For the latest and most complete information on the 24-month STEM OPT extension, refer to the Department of Homeland Security STEM OPT HUB and the USCIS STEM OPT Overview.

You may download our instructions and application to apply for the 24-month OPT Extension for STEM majors [STEM OPT Application].

Students can submit their I-765 application to USCIS up to 90 days before the end date on their EAD and it must be received by USCIS before the current EAD expires.

Students who are on a 17-month STEM extension of OPT are no longer eligible to apply for an additional 7 months of STEM OPT work authorization. The deadline to apply was August 8, 2016 for any student who had at least 150 days of work authorization remaining.

Eligible CIP Codes

Students can determine if their major qualifies for the 24-month extension of OPT by comparing the major printed on their I-20 with the DHS list of eligible CIP Codes. On the I-20, the CIP Code is located on page 1 under Program of Study.