F-1 students who completed a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in select government-designated science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields and are currently engaged in post-completion OPT may apply for the STEM extension of 17 months of additional employment if they have a job or job offer from an E-Verify employer and meet all the required criteria.
If you believe your area of study is classified as a STEM field, contact the OGS via email at email@example.com. Include your name and NYU ID number and the OGS will verify your eligibility.
(1) Apply for the STEM OPT recommended I-20
If you meet all the above requirements do one of the following:
STEM OPT application materials:
The timeframe to apply is no earlier than 120 days prior to the end date of your current OPT and no later than the end date of your current OPT. The OGS advisor will review the application to ensure that you meet all the requirements. If so, then a new I-20 is issued for the extended STEM OPT within 10 business days.
(2) Submit your STEM OPT Application to USCIS
The second step is you file the STEM OPT I-20 with USCIS prior to the end date of the current post-completion OPT. Your STEM OPT application to USCIS must include:
A student who has filed a timely application for the STEM OPT extension may continue to work while the application is pending, until a final decision is made on the application by USCIS or it has been pending 180 days with USCIS, whichever comes first.
The employment authorization for approved STEM OPT begins on the day after the post-completion OPT expires and ends 17 months later, regardless of the date the extension is actually approved by USCIS. The authorization is in the form of an Employment Authorization Document from USCIS.
You must do the following to maintain F-1 status:
Please allow 3 weeks for change of employer updates to take effect. Failure on the part of the student to initiate contact with the OGS at the designated timeframes above will result in termination of F-1 status, requiring immediate cessation of employment and departure from the U.S.