UCI International Center

OPT STEM Extension

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Effective March 16, 2020: The International Center requests that you upload a .pdf version of your application when you are in your window of time to apply. Please allow 3-5 extra business days for processing. You can upload your application items here and set up a eShipGlobal order number so your I-20 can be returned to you by mail. An advisor will contact you if changes are needed before you submit your entire application to USCIS.

F-1 students with degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) may be eligible for an extension of their Post-Completion OPT work permission. The extension permits those on OPT to apply for an additional 24 months of full time work authorization. As with the orginal OPT application, OPT STEM is recommended by an advisor at the International Center, but final approval is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).