International Education & Global Engagement
  • When to Apply for the 24 Month STEM OPT Extension

    You can submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and all required documents to ISS up to 90 days before your current post-completion OPT employment authorization expires.  Your application will be denied if you do not file your application with USCIS within 60 days of the date that your STEM OPT I-20 is issued. 

    You may not apply for STEM OPT extensions during the 60-day grace period of post-completion OPT.

    Use the following tools to help you calculate your specific application period:
    Continuation of Employment
    USCIS may take up to 90 days to process your application. If you file your OPT STEM extension application in a timely manner, you will receive an extension of employment authorization while your application is pending for up to 180 days, or the date of the decision over your request, whichever date is earlier.