STEM OPT Application Process

To begin your STEM OPT application follow these steps in sequential order.

Please note that regardless of the method you will use to apply for STEM OPT, you must first submit a STEM OPT request in OISS Connect and receive a new I-20 recommending STEM OPT before you submit your application to USCIS for processing. If you submit your STEM OPT application without this new I-20, USCIS will likely deny your case.