STEM OPT Extension

STEM OPT extension

If you are an F-1 student whose OPT is based on a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a STEM field (as defined by the Department of Homeland Security [DHS]), you may be eligible for an extension of post-completion OPT authorization. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provides a list of qualifying STEM majors on its website.

Download the list of qualifying STEM majors

Note: this is a list of all majors in the U.S. that qualify. Not all of these majors are available at IU. Find your major CIP code on your I-20.

In March 2021, USCIS created on online option for submitting the I-765 for OPT application. Both the paper and online version of the application are valid for you to use. As USCIS guidance on how the online application is used has been provided by USCIS only recently, the OIS is not yet able to advise you on the details of its use.