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International Education & Global Engagement
  • How to Apply for the 24-Month STEM OPT Extension

    Step 1
    Review the 24-Month STEM OPT Tutorial

    Step 2
    Prepare your 24- MONTH STEM OPT Extension Application Materials:

    Step 3
    Submit evidence of eligibility to the DSO to obtain your STEM OPT I-20. Use the 24-Month STEM OPT Online Submission Tool and allow 7-10 business days for the processing of your request.

    Step 4
    File the complete Application for Work Authorization an all supporting documents to USCIS in a timely manner. Your application will be denied if you do not file with USCIS within 60 days of the date that your STEM OPT I-20 is issued. Use the STEM OPT Cover Sheet you will receive with your new I-20 to complete this step.

    Step 5
    USCIS reviews the application and makes a decision. You should expect your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to arrive within 90 days of your receipt date.

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