After you graduate from CU Denver you may have many questions about employment and what you can do. If you are not sure what your options are after graduation please see our page on Options After Graduation. Remember you must have proper approval to work in the U.S., if you do not have approval you are working illegally which will negatively affect your immigration status.

Please see our information below about options for recently graduated students in regard to employment. If you have additional questions feel free to contact your Immigration Service Specialist.

Currently Approved For OPT

If you are currently approved for OPT you may be looking for a job, currently have a job, or looking to change your status to another work-type or other VISA. See below some of the resources we have compiled for you.

Help Finding A Job

Finding a job can be difficult, but as a former student at CU Denver, you are eligible to use some of the same resources you had access to as a student. See some of the job resources below that could help you in your job search

STEM Employment 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.

Application Process

  1. Form I-983 Training Plan - Completion Guide
  2. Update Current OPT Employment with ISSS
  3. Complete OPT STEM Extension Packet
  4. Email your STEM OPT Packet AND required documents to
  5. Pick-Up STEM Extension I-20 or receive via e-mail
  6. Send complete STEM Extension Request to USCIS

Forms and Documents you will need: