24 Month STEM OPT For F-1 Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released a new ruling regarding STEM OPT for current and continuing F-1 students beginning on May 10, 2016.   Under the new ruling, updates include:

  • F-1 OPT Students can apply for an additional 24 Month STEM OPT Extension if their program of study qualifies through the STEM Designated Degree Program List Effective May 10, 2016.

  • F-1 OPT Students can apply for STEM OPT Extension up to 90 days before their current OPT end date.  Students are required to send in the signed STEM extension I-20 within 60 days of receiving the signature from the International Student Adviser.

  • This ruling replaces the current 17 Month STEM OPT Extension.

  • F-1 OPT Students must be employed by a company that is enrolled in USCIS’ E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.

  • F-1 OPT Students are required to work with their employers to complete the Form I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students and submit this completed form to the International Student Adviser before they are recommended for the STEM OPT extension in SEVIS and a new I-20 is created.


24 Month STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Guide UAMS


24 Month STEM OPT Information Sheet


I-983 Form Instructions for UAMS Students and Employers


I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students


Employer Information and Resources for STEM OPT