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OPT - 17 month Extension

If you are a STEM student (degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) requesting a 17-month extension under the eligibility code (c)(3)(C), you must submit a copy of your degree, the employer name as listed in E-Verify, along with the E-Verify Company Identification Number, or a valid E-Verify Client Company Identification Number, for the employer with whom you are seeking the 17-month OPT extension.

What is the application process for the 17-month STEM extension?

  • DSO generates a new Form I-20 requesting an extension
  • Submit Form I-765
  • Submit a copy of the STEM degree (copy of the diploma and/or official transcripts)
  • Submit the required application fee ($340)
  • Offer letter with information about the employer
    • Student Legal name;
    • Residential and mailing address;
    • E-mail address;
    • Employer name;
    • Employer address;
    • Job title or position;
    • Supervisor name and contact information;
    • Employment start-date; and
    • Employment end-date

Students who timely file their STEM extension applications with USCIS may continue working while their applications are pending for 180 days or the date of the decision, whichever date is earlier.

This interim extension minimizes disruption in the studentŐs employment and also ensures that employers will conduct the necessary employment eligibility re-verification.

What must a student do after being granted the 17-month STEM extension?

  • The student must report to his or her DSO (by email, within 10 days) any change in:
    • Legal name;
    • Residential and mailing address;
    • E-mail address;
    • Employer name;
    • Employer address;
    • Job title or position;
    • Supervisor name and contact information;
    • Employment start-date; and
    • Employment end-date
  • The student must also report to his or her DSO every six months (by email), confirming the information listed above; even if there have been no changes.
  • The requirement to report continues if the studentŐs 17-month STEM extension is extended further by the automatic cap-gap extension.