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Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Request

Please email the following documents to with the subject line "OPT STEM Extension Application Documents". Your request cannot be processed until all documents and this form are submitted.Once all documents are submitted, please allow 3-5 business days for processing your request.

  • Copy of current OPT/EAD Card
  • Copy of completed Form I-765
  • Copy of completed Form I-983 (page 5 does not need to be completed at this time)

Statement of Understanding

  • I have thoroughly read and understood the 24-month OPT Extension for STEM degree holders information provided.
  • I have not previously received more than one (17 or 24-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 my DSO (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 my DSO 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 24-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 my DSO within 10 business days of each reporting date. Such validation reporting should be made using the OPT Reporting Form.
  • I understand that if there are any material changes to or deviations from the training opportunity described on Form I-983, my employer and I must submit a modified I-983 Training Plan to Examples of material changes include, but are not limited to:
    • A significant decrease in my work hours per week;
    • Any decrease in my hours worked below 20 hours per week (other than due to time off pursuant to employer's leave policy)
    • Any reduction in my compensation (other than due to a reduction in my work hours)
    • A change in my employer's EIN number due to a corporate restructuring
    • Any change or deviation from the existing plan that would render my I-983 training plan or my employer's attestations inaccurate
  • I understand that I am required to submit 12-month and 24-month evaluations using form I-983. The evaluations should be submitted to
  • I understand that accruing an aggregate of more than 150 days of unemployment during the total of 36-month OPT period will result in a violation of the requirements for remaining in valid F-1 status.