University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

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24-Month STEM OPT Extension


The 12-month period of post-completion OPT can be extended by 24 months for certain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree holders. Review the STEM Designated Degree Program List to determine if your field and CIP Code are included in the list.

If You Are Currently on 12-month of Post-Completion OPT:

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How to Enroll in the
24-month STEM OPT Online Workshop
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  1. Complete the 24-month STEM OPT Online Workshop
    • You must log in to Moodle to access the Online Workshop
    • Enrollment key: stemopt
  2. Complete the following forms

  3. Submit the forms and certificate of completion of the workshop to an ISSS adviser.
    • If you are out of town and unable to come to ISSS, please contact ISSS to work with an adviser prior to sending your application. The application should be addressed to the adviser and clearly marked “24-Month STEM OPT Extension Application,” and you should include your contact information.