To access the STEM OPT application and instructions, CLICK HERE.
For the PowerPoint of our OPT Workshop information, CLICK HERE.
Please call 865-5208 to make an appointment to review and submit your OPT application.
Optional Practical Training Administrative Fee
Effective January 2, 2017, F-1 students applying for STEM OPT will pay an OPT Administrative Fee as follows:
· STEM OPT Administrative Fee: $280
This will help off-set additional resources needed to process compliance for this benefit. For more information, CLICK HERE.
To apply for a 24-month STEM extension:
You must currently be under standard 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training.
Your application must be received by USCIS no later than your current OPT expiration date. Remember to allow at least two weeks for processing by OISS before you will be able to submit your application for extension. You can apply as early as 90 days before OPT completion.
You must have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree on the DHS STEM-Designated Degree Program List. Check the CIP Code printed on your I-20 under “Major” against the CIP Codes on this list.
You must have a job or job offer in your STEM field of study from an employer registered in the federal E-Verify system, and you must work a minimum of 20 hours each week.
You cannot apply for STEM OPT based on a volunteer position or self-employment.
You may apply based on a previous degree that appears on the STEM list if you earned that degree within the last 10 years from a currently accredited U.S. educational institution. See the additional required materials in the Application Proceduressection of the application form.
You may apply for a STEM extension twice if you have a STEM degree at two separate educational levels and engage in standard post-completion OPT before each extension.
STEM OPT Reporting Requirements
Once your STEM OPT employment begins, you must submit reports on the following schedule to email@example.com:
6 months after STEM start date: Report the STEM Employment Information below, even in no information has changed.
12 months after STEM start date: Complete the Evaluation of Student Progress on Form I-983 and obtain your employer's signature. Scan and email to OISS.
18 months after STEM start date: Report the STEM Employment Information below, even is no information has changed.
24 months after STEM start date (end of STEM period): Complete the Final Evaluation of Student Progress on Form I-983 and obtain your employer's signature. Scan and email to OISS.
Additionally, if you change jobs or take an additional job, you must complete a new Form I‐983 for the job and scan and email it to OISS. If your address or contact information changes while you are on STEM, you must report the new information to OISS. If you lose or leave a job, you must report this to OISS. You must report any of these changes within 10 days.