STEM OPT-Eligiblity

Am I eligible?

You must:

  • Currently be on Post-Completion OPT
  • Hold a degree listed on the official STEM Designated Degree Program List  (Not sure? Contact your IO advisor)
  • Have a paid job or job offer from an employer enrolled in E-Verify
  • Work 20+ hours/week in a position directly related to your field of study.  You may work for multiple employers, but each job must be 20+ hours/week, paid, and at an E-Verify employer.
  • Apply before your current Post-Completion period of OPT expires.

Your employer must:

Can I apply for STEM OPT more than once?

Potentially.  You are eligible for STEM OPT after the completion of a STEM-eligible degree and period of Post-Completion OPT.  If you complete another STEM-eligible degree at a higher academic level, you may apply again. 

Can I apply based on a previous STEM-eligible degree?

Potentially.  If you earned a previous STEM-eligible degree in the U.S. within the last ten years, and your current degree is not STEM-eligible, you may be able to apply for the STEM OPT extension.  Please contact your IO advisor for more information. 

STEM OPT Extension Application Process