24 Month STEM OPT Extension

F-1 students approved for OPT based on a degree included on the STEM-Designated Degree Program List can apply for a 24-month extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 36 months). 

In order to apply for the STEM OPT Extension, students must complete the workshop presentation and pass the quiz. Complete the presentation online and bring the completed quiz along with a completed application to International Student and Scholar Services, Marquis Hall 110.

  • Applications may be filed no earlier than 90 days before OPT expires
  • Applications must be filed and received by USCIS before OPT expires
  • Applications must include your employer's E-Verify number
    • Please note: The E-Verify number is required on the I-765 application. The EIN number is required on the I-983 form. These numbers can be obtained from your employer. Please ensure that you are including the correct number on the correct form. Failure to list the correct numbers may result in the denial of your application.   
  • Once approved, you must report all material changes in employment within 10 days by submitting the corresponding STEM OPT Employer Report e-form via iNorthTX
  • Once approved, you must report participation every 6 months regardless of changes by submitting the STEM OPT 6 Month Participation Report e-form via iNorthTX


Your OPT application is your responsibility as an F1 visa holder. ISSS staff will provide information regarding OPT and the application process, however, the contents of your application must be reviewed and approved by you, the student. By sending in your signed OPT application to USCIS, you are verifying that all information is correct and accurate. ISSS is not responsible for any missing or incorrect information found in your application.

STEM OPT Extension Documentation

STEM OPT Presentation
STEM OPT 24 Month Application
Form I-983 Training Plan
24 Month STEM I 765 Authorization
STEM OPT Case Management Fee Payment Page
STEM Clearance Form
G-1145 Form