Deadline Approaching for STEM Graduates' OPT Extension Applications

The recently announced expansion of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization for U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates will allow some students who already have 17 months of OPT work authorization to apply for an additional 7 months.  To qualify for this extension, applicants must apply by August 8, 2016 and within 60 days of the date their designated school official (DSO) enters the recommendation for their 24-month OPT extension into their SEVIS record.  Applicants must also:

  • Be currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;
  • Have at least 150 days of valid employment authorization remaining on their 17-month STEM OPT period on the date the new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization is filed; and
  • Have their DSO and employer comply with all the 24-month STEM OPT extension requirements

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding extending your OPT employment authorization.