According to SEVP Policy, F1 students may begin applying for the 17-Month Extension up to 120 days prior to their OPT End Date indicated on their EAD card. Our office recommends applying at least 90 days prior to your OPT end date.
As long as students properly file their application for the 17-Month Extension prior to the end date of OPT Employment, students may continue to work for up to 180 days while their application is pending with USCIS, even after their EAD is expired.
To begin applying for OPT Extension, please send an e-mail with the subject line: OPT Extension Request to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the completed Form ISSS-155, Request for STEM OPT Extension.
There is also a mandatory $25.00 processing fee for each OPT Extension Request. Once payment has been submitted, our office will receive an automatic e-mail notification.
Our office will then issue and mail out an OPT Extension I-20 and an Application Checklist that students can use to guide them through the application process.
The application checklist and other helpful documents can also be downloaded from here. We recommend that students review the documents below and begin preparing their documents prior to receiving their OPT Extension I-20:
- Form ISSS-155, Request for STEM OPT Extension
- Submitting Processing Fees Through MarketPlace
- OPT Extension Application Checklist
- USCIS Mailing Addresses
- OPT Extension I-765 Q&A
- OPT Extension Q&A
- Form ISSS-160, Request for Data Validation
- Sample Employer Letter for OPT Extension
This page was last updated on: October 08, 2015