17 Month STEM Extension for F-1 Post-Completion OPT

Students who hold degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) may be eligible to apply for an additional 17 months of OPT. 

ISSO staff can assist you with determining whether or not your degree is eligible for the STEM extension. In addition to having completed a degree in a STEM field, you must also have a job offer or be currently working for an employer registered with E-Verify, a federal employment verification system.

You can submit the STEM application up to 120 days before your initial period of OPT expires.


OPT STEM 6-Month Check-In


After an F-1 student is granted the 17 month STEM extension, the student must report to his or her DSO (within 10 days) any change in:

  • Legal name
  • Residential or mailing address
  • E-mail address
  • Employer name
  • Employer address

The student must also report to his or her DSO every six months, confirming the information listed above, even if there have been no changes. 

The requirement to report continues if the student’s 17-month STEM extension is extended further by the automatic cap-gap extension.