Changes to the STEM OPT extension went into effect on May 10, 2016. Previously a 17 month extension, the STEM extension is now 24 months. To review the changes to STEM eligibility, additional reporting requirements, and how to apply, please visit our STEM OPT changes page. Additionally, our office held an information session about the changes to STEM, you can watch the video recording.
If you are currently on 17-month STEM extension or 12 month of Post Completion OPT, you may have important STEM application deadlines coming up. To request the additional 7 months or the 24 months of STEM, please familiarize yourself with the application instructions and important deadlines.
After reviewing our website, if you have any additional questions about the STEM expansion, please schedule an appointment to speak with an international student advisor. If you are no longer in the Austin area, please include your phone number in the comment section when booking your appointment so we can call you at the time of your appointment.