STEM OPT (as of March 11, 2016)


Students who have a PENDING 17-Month STEM Extension


DHS will apply the requirements of the 24-month STEM extension to pending 17-month STEM applications.


Beginning May 10, 2016, USCIS will issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) to students whose applications are still pending on that date. The RFEs will allow students to effectively amend their application to demonstrate eligibility for a 24-month extension without incurring an additional fee or having to refile their EAD application. 

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Students who have EXISTING 17-Month STEM OPT Authorization


Any 17-month STEM OPT EAD that USCIS issued on or before May 9, 2016, will remain valid until the EAD expires, is terminated or revoked. 


From May 10, 2016, through August 8, 2016, certain students with such EADs will have a limited window in which to apply for an additional seven months of OPT, effectively enabling them to benefit from a 24-month period of STEM OPT.


To qualify for the seven-month extension, such students must have at least 150 calendar days remaining before the end of the student’s 17-month OPT period at the time their application is filed. The application deadline is August 8, 2016.

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