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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.

  • 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