OPT Request Statuses
The table below lists the statuses used to identify the stages of OPT requests in SEVIS:
||DSO requested OPT in SEVIS on behalf of the student, but U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has not yet received the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).
||USCIS has received the Form I-765.
||USCIS has approved the Form I-765.
||USCIS has denied the Form I-765.
||DSO has canceled the OPT request in SEVIS.
||USCIS approved the student’s request to withdraw the Form I-765.
SEVIS will compute the start and end dates of the STEM OPT segment. The requested OPT Extension Start Date is the day following the current post-completion OPT End Date. The requested end date for this segment of OPT is 24 months after the requested start date. DSOs cannot change these dates.
During the full period of the extension, the school that recommended the STEM OPT must continue to:
- Maintain records on the student.
- Update required SEVIS student reporting as notified by student.
The student can continue to work for 180 days after the original USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires if:
- Student filed a Form I-765 for the STEM OPT extension.
- USCIS received the Form I-765 for the extension before the EAD for the original post-completion OPT expired.