Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Request

Student Information

To be completed by STEM degree holder who is currently on a 12-month period of OPT.

(recommendation will be for 17 months from this date)

(This address will be reported to SEVIS as the address where you are currently living.
Note: Your immigration documents will be mailed to this address.)

Employer Information

Please email the following documents to isss@fit.edu with the subject line "OPT STEM Extension Application Documents".  Your request cannot be processed until these are submitted.

  • Copy of current OPT/EAD Card
  • Copy of completed I-765 Form

Statement of Understanding

  • I have thoroughly read and understood the 17-month OPT Extension for STEM degree holders information provided.
  • I have not previously received a 17-month OPT extension after earning a STEM degree.
  • I have maintained valid F-1 status since I began my study at Florida Institute of Technology.
  • I understand that I must report to ISSS (using the OPT Reporting Form) any change to the following within 10 days:
    • legal name
    • residential or mailing address
    • employer name
    • employer address
    • loss of employment
  • I understand that I am required to make a validation report to ISSS every six months starting from the date the extension begins and ending when my F-1 status ends; I change educational levels within Florida Tech; I wish to transfer to another school; or the 17-month OPT extension ends, whichever is first. I understand that the validation is a confirmation that my name and address, employer name and address and/or loss of employment are current and accurate. This six-month validation report is due to the ISSS within 10 business days of each reporting date. Such validation reporting should be made using the OPT Reporting Form.
  • I understand that accruing an aggregate of more than 120 days of unemployment during the total of 29-month OPT period will result in a violation of the requirements for remaining in valid F-1 status.