You may qualify for an additional 24 months of OPT under the following circumstances:
Once the Office of Immigration Services verifies that your Form I-983 is complete, we will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows our recommendation for this training opportunity.
You must apply for work authorization by electronically filing a Form I-765 with USCIS and paying a filing fee. USCIS will send you an EAD upon approving your petition.
You may continue to work on your expired EAD for OPT up to 180 days while your 24-month extension petition is pending if you meet the following conditions:
No the 17-month STEM has been replaced by the 24-month extension.
In order to maintain their legal F-1 status, a STEM OPT student must regularly check in with their DSO throughout the duration of the extension to validate Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) information and report changes made to the student's training plan.
Every six months a student must work with their DSO to confirm that the student's record in SEVIS accurately reflects their current circumstance.
As part of this six-month reporting, STEM OPT students must confirm that their SEVIS information correctly identifies the following:
Please note that STEM OPT students must report a change in this information, including any loss of employment, within 10 days of the change.
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