U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published additional online resources on uscis.gov to provide an overview of some of the temporary and permanent pathways for noncitizens to work in the United States in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This guide also highlights some of the most important considerations for STEM professionals who want to work in the United States.
Certain F-1 students may be eligible for up to 12 months of optional practical training (OPT). Additionally, F-1 students who earned a degree in certain STEM fields may be eligible for a 24-month OPT extension, for a total of 36 months. For further information on OPT eligibility requirements and other employment options, F-1 students can visit the STEM Employment Pathways page on uscis.gov.