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When to apply for STEM OPT?

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Students with a STEM degree and currently in the 12-month OPT period can apply for STEM OPT as early as 90 days before the expiration of 12 month initial OPT period.

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USCIS must receive your STEM OPT extension application before your current 12-month OPT EAD card expiration date.

Some schools require up to 2 weeks to process your I-983 form and issue new I-20.

Then, also consider the time to mail the application to USCIS via FedEx.

WARNING – USCIS will reject the STEM OPT application received after the expiry of 12 Months Initial OPT.  To be on the safer side, make sure it receives atleast 7 days before the expiry of 12 month OPT Card.

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