17-Month Extension of Optional Practical Training for STEM Students

NOTICE! The 17-Month STEM OPT program ended on May 9, 2016. Beginning May 10, 2016, all new applications for STEM OPT must now be submitted under the 24-Month STEM OPT program.

If you were approved for 17-Month STEM OPT, you have until August 8, 2016, to apply to transition your 17-Month authorization to 24-Month Authorization under the new rules. If you are applying to for this 7-month extension (to transition your 17-month STEM OPT to 24-month STEM OPT), please follow the instructions for preparing a 24-Month STEM OPT application.