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.