Students whose primary degree is in a qualified STEM field are qualified to receive an extension of the Standard OPT period. The STEM extension extends the period of OPT for an additional 24 months beyond the initial post-completion OPT period, for a total of 36 months.

Students should refer to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Study In The States website for much more information, including eligibility, instructions on completing Form I-983, and reporting requirements for both students and employers.