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. First, find the Program of Study and Major printed on your I-20. Then, compare it to the STEM Designated Degree Program List to determine if your field and CIP Code are included in the list.

Students may be eligible for up to two separate STEM OPT extensions over the course of their academic career upon completion of two qualifying STEM degrees at different educational levels.

Eligibility Application Process

Requirements During STEM OPT Using the SEVP Portal 

Additional Requirements

  • STEM OPT recipients must complete certain reporting requirements and update the SEVP Portal.  As the STEM OPT recipient, you are responsible for fulfilling these requirements. Failure to report any of these changes may result in the termination of your F-1 status.
  • There is additional information you will want to know if you will travel outside the U.S. while on STEM OPT.
Last updated: July 31, 2023