F-1 STEM OPT Extension

F-1 STEM OPT  Extension

F-1 students with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) may be eligible for an extension of their Post-Completion OPT work permission.

Before making any plans to be employed on STEM OPT, please speak to your DSO in the Global Engagement Office.  If you consider applying for OPT via the online USCIS process, please get in touch with us before submitting anything via the USCIS portal.


  • Eligibility for 24-Month STEM OPT Extension

  • Eligibility for the Second Period of STEM OPT After Higher Degree

  • Eligibility Based on a Previously Obtained STEM Degree

  • STEM OPT When to Apply

  • STEM OPT Application Process

  • Employment during STEM OPT extension

  • FAQ page for OPT and STEM OPT

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Reed Hall 122, Global Engagement Office 

10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965