International Education & Global Engagement
  • 24-Month STEM OPT Extension Eligibility Requirements

    You must meet the following criteria to apply for the 24-Month STEM OPT extension:
    Previous STEM degrees:  If you are currently active in the 12-month post-completion OPT based on a non-STEM degree, you may be eligible to use a prior STEM degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to apply for a STEM OPT extension IF:
    1. Both degrees are from currently accredited and SEVP-certified institutions; 
    2. You have not already received a STEM OPT extension based on this prior degree;
    3. The employment is directly related to the previous STEM degree.
    Reminders: