Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension 08/03/2016

A student on a 17-month STEM OPT extension may apply to add 7 months to his STEM OPT period. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.

You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

- You are currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;

- You request the additional 7-month period between May 10, 2016 and August 8, 2016, and within 60 days of the date your designated school official enters the recommendation for the 24-month OPT extension into your SEVIS record;

- You have at least 150 days of valid employment authorization remaining on your 17-month STEM OPT period on the date you properly file extension; and

- You, your designated school official, and your employer meet all the 24-month STEM OPT extension requirements.