F-1 Optional Practical Training STEM Extension

STEM OPT Extension

PLEASE NOTE: We have an extensive amount of information on our website to answer questions and apply for this benefit, so please use.

Select the appropriate link below to learn more about F-1 OPT 24 Month STEM Extension and how to apply.

Please go to https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/uscis-phoenix-and-dallas-lockbox-facilities to know where to mail your Pre- or Post-Completion OPT application based on address you put on your I-765.

Also, consult the additional resources below for further guidance on how to fill out Form I-983, eligibility and requirements:

Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:

Note: ​ F-1 students​ currently ​on OPT are reminded to update their physical address,​email address,​ phone number and employment details using the ISSO's Employment/Address Update Reporting Form.
 
 

See our OPT STEM Extension Cover Sheet and Check List to help submit application.
 

March 24, 2016 

Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:

- See more at: http://isso.uncc.edu/#sthash.T1o7d9HN.dpuf

March 24, 2016 

Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:

March 11, 2016

Department of Homeland Security published a new STEM Final Rule, with an effective date of May 10, 2016. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) is currently reviewing the STEM final rule and will be updating our website and application process with information as soon as we are able. 


Once
​ the​
​​
ISSO has reviewed the new rule and policy guidance, we will provide detailed information for students who are currently on STEM-OPT and those who
​may soon
 apply for STEM-OPT
​.  
For those who have not yet applied, we will provide this information in upcoming workshops and OPT review sessions as well as
 via the ISSO website and/or via emails.
 
Note: ​
F-1 students
​currently ​
on OPT are reminded to update their
​ physical address,​
email address
​,​ 
phone number and employment details using the ISSO's Employment/Address Update Reporting Form.
 

Also, if you DO NOT YET have your 'new look' I-20 and will still be in the U.S. in F1 status after July 1, 2016 (especially if exiting and re-entering the U.S. in F1 status) please submit your request for this new I-20 to be mailed to you by clicking HERE.
 
​Thank you and we appreciate your patience!
- See more at: http://isso.uncc.edu/#sthash.T1o7d9HN.dpuf

March 24, 2016 

Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:

March 11, 2016

Department of Homeland Security published a new STEM Final Rule, with an effective date of May 10, 2016. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) is currently reviewing the STEM final rule and will be updating our website and application process with information as soon as we are able. 


Once
​ the​
​​
ISSO has reviewed the new rule and policy guidance, we will provide detailed information for students who are currently on STEM-OPT and those who
​may soon
 apply for STEM-OPT
​.  
For those who have not yet applied, we will provide this information in upcoming workshops and OPT review sessions as well as
 via the ISSO website and/or via emails.
 
Note: ​
F-1 students
​currently ​
on OPT are reminded to update their
​ physical address,​
email address
​,​ 
phone number and employment details using the ISSO's Employment/Address Update Reporting Form.
 

Also, if you DO NOT YET have your 'new look' I-20 and will still be in the U.S. in F1 status after July 1, 2016 (especially if exiting and re-entering the U.S. in F1 status) please submit your request for this new I-20 to be mailed to you by clicking HERE.
 
​Thank you and we appreciate your patience!
- See more at: http://isso.uncc.edu/#sthash.T1o7d9HN.dpuf

March 24, 2016 

Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:

March 11, 2016

Department of Homeland Security published a new STEM Final Rule, with an effective date of May 10, 2016. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) is currently reviewing the STEM final rule and will be updating our website and application process with information as soon as we are able. 


Once
​ the​
​​
ISSO has reviewed the new rule and policy guidance, we will provide detailed information for students who are currently on STEM-OPT and those who
​may soon
 apply for STEM-OPT
​.  
For those who have not yet applied, we will provide this information in upcoming workshops and OPT review sessions as well as
 via the ISSO website and/or via emails.
 
Note: ​
F-1 students
​currently ​
on OPT are reminded to update their
​ physical address,​
email address
​,​ 
phone number and employment details using the ISSO's Employment/Address Update Reporting Form.
 

Also, if you DO NOT YET have your 'new look' I-20 and will still be in the U.S. in F1 status after July 1, 2016 (especially if exiting and re-entering the U.S. in F1 status) please submit your request for this new I-20 to be mailed to you by clicking HERE.
 
​Thank you and we appreciate your patience!
- See more at: http://isso.uncc.edu/#sthash.T1o7d9HN.dpuf

Current Extension Criteria:

  • Your employer must be enrolled in the "E-Verify" program
  • You must be working in one of the "STEM" fields located at www.ice.gove/sevis/stemlist.htm
  • You must have earned a degree in one of the "STEM" fields
  • You must have maintained status while on OPT

Important Reporting Requirements:

You MUST report the following conditions or circumstances to the ISSO https://isso.uncc.edu/webform/employmentaddress-update-reporting-form:

  • Change of name
  • Change of contact information (US address, email, phone, permanent address in home country)
  • Change of status (e.g. H-1B, F-2, etc.)
  • Complete employment and return to home country
  • Change of job status (quit, fired, laid-off, relocated, change or add employers, etc.)
  • If there are material changes to those listed on the I-983 training plan, you must submit an updated I-983 to the ISSO within 10 business days
  • Every 6 months you must submit the Employment Verification form

Additionally, you must also complete an annual “Evaluation of Student Progress” with your employer and submit it to the ISSO at https://webforms.uncc.edu/international-student-and-scholar-office/opt-stem-extension-validation-reporting-form  

For more on your STEM OPT Reporting Requirements go to Department of Homeland Security Study in the States at  https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-stem-opt-reporting-requirements

NOTE:  Failure to submit the required updates listed above in a timely manner as well as accrual of more than 150 days of unemployment could result in the termination of your SEVIS record.