OPT STEM Extension

F-1 students with STEM degrees in fields listed on the ICE STEM Designated Degree Program List may be eligible for the OPT STEM Extension.

Looking for Updates on OPT during the COVID-19 Crisis?

Any changes or updates related to OPT are regularly updated on our COVID FAQ page. Please be sure to check the page for information before contacting ISS.

I-765 Form & OPT Fee Not Changing October 2nd

USCIS published a final fee rule on August 3, 2020 that was to become effective 60 days later, on October 2, 2020. The rule specified: "Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must be accompanied with the fees established by this final rule." The rule also made changes to Form I-765, Form I-129, premium processing, and other fee processing changes. However, on September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay on implementation of the 2020 final USCIS fee rule. Read the court's order.

New fees and form versions and other changes associated with the final fee rule that were to be effective on October 2, 2020 are now on hold.

For more information please see NAFSA's update.

Be sure to use the I-765 Form dated 8/25/2020. The OPT filing fee will remain $410.