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OPT STEM Extension


Certain students who earned degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To apply for STEM OPT Extension , CIE must recommend you for STEM OPT Extension in SEVIS and issue you a new I-20 for your application to USCIS. CIE requires at least one week to issue your STEM OPT-recommended I-20. After receiving this I-20, you must make an appointment with an Immigration Coordinator before submitting your application online or through the mail to USCIS. DO NOT apply for STEM OPT Extension without your STEM OPT-recommended I-20. 

OPT STEM EXTENSION WORKSHOP: Click here to view the OPT STEM Extension Information Video


To request your STEM OPT Recommended I-20, login to your ISSS Connect portal and find the request under the Documents & Requests section.