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STEM Extension

STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. The U.S. government has distinguished students graduating in these specific majors the ability to apply for a 24-month extension to their current 12-month OPT to total 36 months of OPT approval.​​ [8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)]. For more information on STEM OPT and how this affects you and your employer see the information on Study in the States STEM OPT Hub​

REquesting 24-Month STEM Extension


Students that have completed a program in a STEM eligible Major may apply for a STEM Extension through an employer that is E-Verify. Please check with your employer to see if they are an E-Verify Employer. The University of Colorado IS an E-Verify Employer.

You will also have to have completed a degree within the U.S. that fits within the STEM eligible CIP Codes. This six digit code appears on the Form I-20.  See the list of approved STEM degrees and Cooresponding CIP Codes here​.

Please see the following steps below to properly complete the process. If you are unsure if you are eligible for the STEM extension, please contact your International Service Specialist for more information.

Applicatio​n Process

  1. Update Current OPT Employment with ISSS​
  2. Complete OPT STEM Extension Packet​
  3. Provide Packet and required documents to your International Service Specialist
  4. Pick-Up STEM Extension I-20 or receive via e-mail
  5. Send complete STEM Extension Request to USCIS

Forms and Documents you will need:

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