24-month Stem OPT Extension - Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently in a period of initial 12-month post-completion OPT working for a U.S. employer in field of study.
  • Must be maintaining status while in the period of 12-month post-completion OPT.  This includes meeting all reporting requirements and not have been unemployed for more than 90 days.
  • Must have completed the Virginia Tech degree based on which the original OPT was granted.
  • Must have earned a STEM degree for Bachelor’s or higher from a SEVP approved U.S. school.  Eligible degree program and CIP code is listed on page 1 of the I-20.
  • Cannot have already had two previous STEM OPT extension authorizations.
  • Must have employment or job offer with an employer registered with the E-Verify employment verification system in a full-time (20+ hours per week) paid position.
  • Cannot be self-employed or placed with a temporary employment agency. The employer that signs the I-983 must be the same employer providing the practical training.
  • The training must be paid employment.