What Is STEM Extension?

Bachelor's, master's or doctoral students who receive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees, who apply in a timely manner, may be eligible for an additional 24-month extension of their 12-month Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-OPT). A degree's STEM eligibility is based on its CIP code. The Department of Homeland Security provides a list of CIP Codes (pdf) for the acceptable STEM fields.

Please navigate through the following web pages to read about the STEM Extension eligibility requirements, how to apply, reporting requirements, and more.