F-1 STEM OPT Extension

This information is for qualified students in a valid period of post-completion OPT who wish to request an additional 24 months of OPT authorization. Students with STEM Designated Degrees  should review the eligibility requirements, application process, regulatory considerations, and reporting responsibilities. 

F-1 STEM OPT Extension Process
Form I-983

Prepare Form I-983 Training Plan with your employer.

OPT I-20 Request from ISSS
Submit application to USCIS

Within 60 days of receiving your I-20, submit your Application to USCIS.

Reporting Requirements

Follow the Reporting Requirements.

STEM OPT Form I-983 Tutorial for Penn Students
This video will provide tips on how to complete Form I-983 for the OPT STEM Extension