STEM OPT Eligibility

To apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension, you must:

  • Have obtained a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. educational institution
  • Have obtained a degree in a field on the Department of Homeland Security STEM Designated Degree Program List
  • Have a job or job offer that is directly related to your STEM degree
  • Be currently authorized for post-completion OPT
  • Have not accumulated 90 days of unemployment

Employment Requirements

  • Job must be paid
  • Minimum 20 hours per week
  • Employer must sign Form I-983
  • Employer must be enrolled in E-Verify and have an employer identification number

Your employer must attest that they have sufficient resources and personnel available to provide appropriate training for you. They must also attest that they are not replacing a full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent U.S. worker and that this employment opportunity will help you in reaching your training goals.

Last updated: August 30, 2021