OPT STEM Information

Optional Practical Training (OPT) can be extended beyond the normal 12 months to 29 months for STEM degree holding students. This applies to students who have obtained a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and are currently participating in a 12-month period of OPT.

Before applying for the OPT STEM Extension, please view this Power Point for further details

OPT STEM Extension

OPT STEM Court Decision

A recent district court issued an opinion stating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) failed to follow proper notice and comment procedures when creating the 17-month extension for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in certain STEM fields (commonly known as the OPT STEM extension). The existing OPT STEM Rule allowing an extension of standard OPT will still be in place until February 12, 2016 to allow DHS to remedy the situation by appealing the decision and or publishing a new rule. OPT STEM is intact for the time being, and ISSS will monitor the situation closely and update you when new information is available.

Last Updated: October 5, 2015