24 Month STEM Extension of OPT

​F-1 students who completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a STEM field and are currently engaged in Post-Completion OPT may apply for a 24 Month STEM Extension of their OPT if they have a job or job offer from an E- Verify employer.

​Eligibility Requirements

F-1 students may be eligible for a 24 month extension of OPT if they:

  • Have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) as identified by the Department of Homeland Security. See the list of STEM-designated majors here on the Study in the States website
  • Are currently participating in a 12-month period of approved, Post-Completion OPT and apply in advance of the current OPT’s expiration date.
  • Are applying no sooner than 90 days prior to completion of a current 12-month Post-Completion Optional Practical Training period. 
  • Are employed in a job directly related to their major area of study.
  • Work for, or have accepted employment with, an employer enrolled in the E- Verify Program. Please check with the employer’s HR department to confirm if the company is enrolled.
  • Are otherwise properly maintaining F-1 status:
    1. Have not been unemployed more than 90 days during current OPT period. Violating this rule may affect eligibility for further benefits. 
    2. Have kept the Office of International Affairs informed of their correct position name, employer name and address, place of employment and interruptions of employment.
If you are still unsure of your eligibility, please contact an OIA advisor for additional guidance.

Application Procedure

If you are eligible for STEM based on the criteria above, follow these steps to begin the STEM extension request process:

Frequently Asked Questions

Submitting STEM Participation Reports

While on STEM OPT, you are required to submit participation reports every six months. These reports are due within 10 days of the required reporting period (6 months, 12 month, 18 months, and 24 months after your start date). To complete your participation reports, please complete the following:

  1. Go to https://oia-intl.cmich.edu and log in with your CMU Global ID and password.
  2. Click on STEM OPT Extension under the Records heading on your home screen.
  3. Choose the correct report to submit depending on the reporting period (6, 12, 18, or 24 months) and complete the required questions.
Please note: the 12 and 24 month reports require completion of the appropriate self-evaluation located on page 5 of Form I-983. You will be asked to upload a copy of your evaluation when you complete the reports for these reporting periods. The 6-month and 18-month reports do not require this self-evaluation component.