Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Extension
Optional Practical Training (OPT) can be extended for STEM majors for an additional 24 months after the initial 12 month OPT for a total of 36 months. The applicant must be in a currently approved 12-month OPT period.
- STEM extension is usually based on the student’s major, not the student’s degree concentration
- May be based on a STEM degree earned at a prior university.
- Be in a current period of initial, approved, post-completion OPT (1st 12 month approval)
- Have current employment or an offer of employment from an employer participating in the E-Verify program.
- Have a degree with an eligible STEM CIP code.
- To determine your CIP code, look on your I-20 for the 6-digit numerical code listed directly beside your major