24-month STEM OPT Extension

The STEM OPT extension allows students in their initial 12-month post-completion OPT to request an additional 24 months of OPT authorization if they have earned a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and have employment directly related to their STEM degree. 

To apply, students must submit a request to IGSS through the IntlHokies portal to receive a STEM OPT recommendation on their I-20.  The new I-20 will become part of the STEM OPT application that is mailed to USCIS.