STEM Optional Practical Training (STEM OPT)

 

In order to be eligible for the 24-month extension benefit, international students must:

  1. already be on a valid OPT, based on a STEM-eligible degree

  2. have had fewer than ninety (90) days of unemployment while on their originally approved 12-month OPT

  3. be employed by, or have a job offer from, an employer who is registered in the E-verify employment verification system. E-verify is a database operated by DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration. It allows participating employers to electronically verify the eligibility of newly hired employees.​​

 

What You Need to Know about STEM OPT Extension 

 

 

NOTE: The requirement to report any updates while on OPT continues if the student’s 24-month STEM OPT Extension is extended further by the automatic Cap-Gap extension.

 

Please visit USCIS STEM and SEVP STEM OPT websites for more detailed information regarding the STEM OPT Extension process.

 

Feel free to contact us at dso@calumsva.edu if you have any questions.

 

For more information please refer to SEVP website.