24-Month STEM Extension

 

Application Procedures

  • In order to apply for a STEM Extension, the student must submit the following to the Center for International Studies:
    • STEM Extension Request
    • Form I-983 Training Plan (for instructions on how to complete the Form I-983, click here)
    • Original, signed Form I-765 (for instructions on how to complete the Form I-765, click here)
      • USCIS uses special scanners to read forms submitted during immigration application processes. Handwritten forms often result in errors as these scanners are not able to read them accurately. In order to reduce the occurrence of errors, which may result delays in processing and adjudication of your STEM Extension Application we now require that you download form I-765, type in the required information, print out the form, and sign using blue ink.
      • Please note that the scanners will not read information that is greyed out, highlighted, or corrected using correction fluid or tape.
    • Form G-1145 (recommended)
      • USCIS uses special scanners to read forms submitted during immigration application processes. Handwritten forms often result in errors as these scanners are not able to read them accurately. In order to reduce the occurrence of errors, which may result delays in processing and adjudication of your STEM Extension Application we now require that you download form G-1145, type in the required information, and print out the form.
      • Please note that the scanners will not read information that is greyed out, highlighted, or corrected using correction fluid or tape.
    • Official transcript
    • Letter from your employer
      • The letter must include the following:
        • Employer's name as listed in E-Verify
        • Employer's E-Verify company identification number
        • Explanation of job responsibilities/duties
        • Pay
        • Location of the company
        • Part-time or Full-time
  • An advisor at the Center for International Studies will:
    • Review the requested forms
    • Request the STEM Extension in SEVIS and issue a new I-20
    • Email the student to notify them that their I-20 has been issued and that the student should gather the rest of the application items for delivery to USCIS
  • The student may gather the rest of the following documents (if they haven't already) to send as part of their application to USCIS:
    • Copies of current and all previous I-20's (pages 1 & 3)
      • The student must sign (in blue ink) the two sets of their new I-20 (one original to keep and one original to submit to USCIS)
    • Two (2) U.S. style passport style photos (for information on passport style photos click here)
      • Write the student's I-94 card number on the back
      • Photos must be taken within 30 days of filing your application
      • Please submit the photos in the envelope/folder from where they were taken
      • Please submit the receipt of purchase (if possible)
    • I-94 Information Screen (retrieve here)
    • COLOR Copy of valid passport (biographical and extension pages)
    • COLOR Copies of all previous Employment Authorization Documents (front and back)
    • Application fee: $380.00 (cost will be $410 starting 12/23/2016)
      • Money order is recommended, but you may use a personal check. (Do NOT sign the back of the check or money order!)
      • Make payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The student is responsible for mailing their own application packet to USCIS:
    • For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

      USCIS

      P.O. Box 21281

      Phoenix, AZ 85036

    • For Express mail and courier service deliveries:

      USCIS

      Attn: AOS

      1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S

      Suite 100

      Phoenix, AZ 85034

*Please allow 5 full business days for processing a complete application*