On Monday, August 1, 2016, USCIS announced that if you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 month to your extension. To apply for this 7-month extension you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny your application if you filed after August 8, 2016.
You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:
• You are currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;
• You request the additional 7-month period by filing a new Form I-765 between May 10, 2016 and August 8, 2016, and within 60 days of the date your designated school official’s enters the recommendation for the 24-month OPT extension into your SEVIS record;
• You have at least 150 days of valid employment authorization remaining on your 17-month STEM OPT period on the date you properly file your new Form I-765; and • You, your designated school official, and your employer meet all the 24-month STEM OPT extension requirements.
For more information on the STEM OPT extension, visit our Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page and review the USCIS News Alert, “August 8 is the Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension“.
Reminder: DEADLINE is August 8
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 8/1/16, News Alert:
August 8 is the Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension
USCIS.gov, 5/10/16, Web Page:
Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT)
DHS.gov, Web Page:
STEM OPT Extension Overview