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.

Updates on Filing OPT Online

We are optimistic that the new OPT online filing system will eventually be an improvement over the paper based filing process. However, there are still many unknowns and we are waiting for additional detail and a better understanding of how USCIS will process applications filed online. Until we have sufficient clarity, we will continue to recommend paper filing. We encourage you to create a USCIS online account and link your paper filed application to your account so you can enjoy many of the benefits of online filing, without the uncertainty.

We expect to continue to recommend paper filing for June 1 and August 31, 2021 graduates. At this time we hope to move forward with recommending online filing for February 1, 2022 graduates and STEM applications filed in early fall. 

If you do choose to file online be aware that:

  • An I-20 recommending OPT/STEM OPT is REQUIRED. You must apply for this first through UB Global.
  • All required documentation (including the I-20 with OPT recommendation) must be uploaded BEFORE the application is submitted.
  • Once your application has been submitted it is no longer editable.