Students, designated school officials (DSOs) and employers can use this page to learn about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) rules and regulations for the optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees. Visit the STEM OPT Extension Overview to learn more.
For general and case-specific questions, call 703-603-3400 or email SEVP@ice.dhs.gov and include STEM OPT in the subject line. Our offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, except holidays.