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.

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Visit USCIS STEM Resources

Learn about options for STEM professionals, including F-1 students, to work in the United States.

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Visit STEM Designated Degree List Resources

Visit the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List and CIP Code Nomination Process tab on to access the latest DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List and instructions for nominating a CIP code for inclusion on or removal from the list.

Eligible F-1 nonimmigrant students with STEM degrees from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified and accredited U.S. colleges and universities may apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Interested F-1 students must apply for and receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

STEM OPT Resources

For Students



Are you interested in participating in STEM OPT? Get started with these resources.

Students: Determining STEM OPT Extension Eligibility

Students: STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

Students and the Form I-983

For Schools



DSOs must recommend a student for STEM OPT and satisfy reporting requirements. Learn more with these resources. 

DSOs: Recommending Students for the STEM OPT Extension

DSOs: STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

F-1 STEM OPT Extension

DSOs and the Form I-983

For Employers



Are you an employer of STEM OPT students? Read these resources to learn more about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.  

Employers and the Form I-983

Why STEM OPT is Good for Small Business

Employer Site Visits

Employers: STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

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