F-1 students with degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) may be eligible for an extension of their Post-Completion OPT work permission.
Before making any plans to be employed on STEM OPT please speak to your adviser in OISS.
F-1 students who are currently on a period of standard post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and are working in a STEM field may be able to apply for STEM OPT extension.
When To Apply
Submit your STEM OPT extension application to USCIS as early as 90 days prior to the end of your current OPT period.
To apply for STEM OPT extension you should first review all subjects in our STEM OPT web guide, and then follow these steps in sequential order.
Requirements and types of employment allowed for STEM OPT extensions.
What you must report while on STEM OPT extension.
Documents required to re-enter the U.S. while on STEM OPT extension.
Cap Gap Extension
The H-1B work visa is an employer sponsored petition submitted by the employer on your behalf. To begin the process of applying for H-1B and becoming eligible for a possible extension of STEM OPT, you must speak to your employer.