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Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Extensions


Certain F-1 students who are already approved for Post-Completion OPT may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their current OPT work authorization called “STEM OPT”.

For a comprehensive source of information about this topic, we highly recommend that you review the STEM OPT Hub created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It has all of the most important and up-to-date information on this topic.

Eligibility, Application Process & Reporting Requirements

  • What is the OPT-STEM Extension?
    The OPT-STEM extension is a 24-month extension of post-completion OPT for which eligible students with specific STEM degrees can apply. Please carefully read this entire page and the STEM OPT Hub for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The information on this page is based on information currently available on the websites of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices at Binghamton University and University at Buffalo, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website, policy guidance published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the DHS website.

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