OPT STEM Extension

The STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field. Both you and your employer should review details of the requirements of the program on the Study in the States STEM OPT Hub.

Eligible Majors

When to Apply

  • No sooner than 90 days before the end date on your current OPT EAD card.
  • Mail your application to USCIS so that is received before your OPT EAD end date.

How to Apply

Reporting Requirements


  • Do not have more than 150 days of unemployment between your regular OPT and STEM OPT authorized periods combined