STEM Extension of OPT Regulations and Application Procedures
Those who have earned an eligible STEM degree and who have maintained status during the initial period of 12-month post-completion OPT may file for the 24-month STEM OPT extension.
ELIGIBILITY FOR 24-MONTH STEM EXTENSION
- You have already been approved for 12 months of post-completion OPT during which you have maintained your status; and
- You have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree in a field included on the U.S. Government's list of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields within the last 10 years; and
- You are employed in a paid job directly related to your field of study; and
- You are working for an employer that is enrolled in the U.S. Government's E-Verify program and willing to support your extended practical training experience as required by regulation.