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STEM Program

2 -year extension of post-completion OPT for students with a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree. A qualified student may apply for an extension of OPT while in a valid period of post-completion OPT. The extension will be for an additional 24 months, if all of the following requirements are met.

  • Currently be on post-completion 12-month OPT
  • Have a degree in an eligible STEM field from a SEVP-certified school.
  • Must have job offer from an employer registered with E-verify.
  • Select a STEM OPT employer that provides the student with formal training and learning objectives directly related to field of study.
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week per employer.
Applying or STEM OPT:
  • Completed Form I-765
  • Completed Form G-1145
  • I-765 filing fee: Money order/cashier’s check of $410 made out to ‘US Department of Homeland Security’
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Visa
  • Copy of your I-94
  • Copies of OPT I-20s
  • 2 passport photos (write name and I-94 number on the back)
  • Social Security card (if applicable)
  • Copy of EAD card
  • Copy of diploma or official transcripts
  • Form I-983 Training Agreement
  • Statement from employer
    • On letterhead explaining how current job/position relates to your STEM major.

Mail to:

For U.S. Postal Services (USPS) Deliveries:


PO Box 660867

Dallas, TX  75266


For Express Mail Courier Deliveries:



2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX  75067

*For extensive information on STEM OPT please visit the USCIS website.