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OPT STEM 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.

Application process for the 17-month STEM extension

  • DSO generates a new Form I-20 requesting an extension
  • Student submits Form I-765, which includes the student's legal name and residential (and mailing if different)
  • Student submits a copy of the STEM degree (copy of the diploma and/or official transcripts)
  • Student submits the required application fee ($340)
  • Student submits an original copy of the offer letter with information about the employer, which includes
      • Employer e-mail address
      • Employer name
      • Employer address
      • Job title or position
      • Supervisor name and contact information
      • Employment start-date and 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 student's 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 e-mail, 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 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 student's 17-month STEM extension is extended further by the automatic cap-gap extension.

University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


International Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015


Place: Multicultural Center

Undergraduate Students' Time:

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Graduate Students' Time:

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

FALL 2015 OPT workshop schedule: Available

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