24 Month STEM Extension Information Form


Are you eligible for OPT STEM Extension?

Only students who graduated with majors in STEM disciplines are eligible. Only majors with certain "CIP codes" are considered to be STEM eligible. CIP Code is listed on your I-20 in section of Program of study.

Application Dates

Earliest date: 90 days before your current OPT end date listed on your EAD card

Latest date: End date of your current OPT listed on your EAD card

Note: The application must be received by USCIS before the current EAD expires. Students who have applied for the extension may continue working on the expired EAD for 180 days or until the application is approved as long as they have received the receipt of the application from USCIS.

While on STEM Extension

Report OPT changes within 10 days of the change. To report OPT changes, contact International Student & Scholar Services (iss@umsl.edu)

No more than 150 days of unemployment during the entire 36 months of OPT (90 days OPT, 60 days STEM)

While on STEM OPT

  1. You must be employed in a position directly related to the program of study listed on your I-20
  2. The employer must be E-Verified
  3. You must submit an updated I-983 completed by you and your employer to the International Student Services office for any employment change within 10 days of the change. You must submit I-983 evaluations within the assigned deadline

Validation Report: Students on STEM extension must submit a validation report confirming current employment to ISSS every six months starting from the date extension begins and ending when the student’s F-1 status ends. The validation report is due within 10 days of each reporting date. Simply forward SEVP portal Validation Report notice to ISSS confirming or updating any changes. NOTE: Failure to submit the annual 6 month report will result in the termination of your I-20 by USCIS. 

I-983 Evaluation on Student Progress: Students must also submit the annual Evaluation on Student Progress listed on the I-983 (page 5). The first annual progress report must be submitted to ISSS 12 months after the approval of your STEM OPT. The second "Final" annual report must be submitted 24 months after the approval of yoru STEM OPT. Failure to submit the I-983 reports within 10 days of these anniversary dates will result in the termination of your I-20 by USCIS.

If you change employer on OPT STEM Extension:

  1. You will need to submit 5th page of I-983 (Final Evaluation on Student Progres) signed by your previous employer to iss@umsl.edu
  2. You will need to complete and submit new I-983 Training Plan form to ISSS
  3. ISSS will review your documents, update your SEVIS record, and contact you when your new I-20 is ready for pick up/shipping.
NOTE: Change of employment is not filed with USCIS, but it is student's responsibility to ensure that employer is E-verified