STEM Optional Practical Training

STEM OPT Extension

NEW: Change to Lockbox Address

USCIS changed the Lockbox Address for F-1 Students to file their I-765 applications on 01/08/2021. Before mailing your application, be sure to check the USCIS website to determine the correct address for your application: https://www.uscis.gov/i-765-addresses.


F-1 students who completed a degree in certain science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields and are currently on post-completion OPT may be eligible to apply for a STEM OPT Extension. This OPT extension period is for 24 months beginning the day after your post-completion OPT EAD expires. Please review the eligibility criteria and consult with OIS if you have questions.

STEM OPT Useful Links

STEM OPT Tutorial

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about STEM OPT?

Want to speak with an advisor about about STEM OPT?

Join one of OIS’ regular OPT Q&A sessions held online every Tuesday at 1:00PM and Thursday at 10:00AM. The sessions are accessible through the following link: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/382010825  Participants are invited to ask questions through a group chat function, and an OIS advisor will talk through the questions with everyone in virtual attendance. All participants will be able to hear each question, so if you have a lengthy question or a question of a personal nature, please make an appointment with your advisor or attend virtual walk-in advising. Please note that the Q&A sessions are optional and there is no set presentation; the Q&A sessions just provide an opportunity for students to talk with OIS advisors about any OPT questions they may have.