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  • Earliest STEM OPT Extension can be filed with USCIS

    Hi.
    Im holding 12 months opt. Before how many days can i file for OPT Stem Extension.. And i live in Michigan . What is the uscis mailing address for filing OPT stem Extension ..?? Thanks


    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on January 30th 2013

  • #2
    Best time is to apply before 90days from the date of expiration of initial cycle.

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    • #3
      As per USCIS
      Eligibility requirements for 17-month extension of post-completion OPT?
      -The student must have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree included in the STEM Designated Degree Program List.
      -The student must currently be in an approved post-completion OPT period based on a designated STEM degree.
      -The student’s employer must be enrolled in E-Verify.
      -The student must apply on time (i.e., before the current post-completion OPT expires).

      In additon
      -Check with DSO on the timeline for filing 17-months extension. Earliest could be 120 days prior to end of current OPT period. Latest, before the current post-completion OPT expires.
      -USCIS processing time is 3 months
      -You will have to submit a request with your DSO for OPT STEM extension. DSO will mail STEM Extension I-20 to student.
      -Complete the necessary paperwork and submit following to USCIS within 30 days or less from issuance of the OPT STEM Extension I-20.
      Form I-765 with USCIS, Form I-20 endorsed by the DSO, a copy of the STEM degree, and the required application fee.
      Form I-765 is being amended to require the student to indicate the degree and provide the employer’s E-Verify information.

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      • #4
        as usual u hv to file it 90 days before ur 12 months of opt...

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        • #5
          Also the mailing address of the USCIS office depends on which state you're filing your extension from...I don't know exactly about that. Can be found on USCIS! Good luck!

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          • #6
            Mailing OPT Application- Check this link for filing location by the state you reside
            http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...004718190aRCRD

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            • #7
              Thanks Krishna.

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              • #8
                Once you are on OPT, you are allowed to file for OPT STEM within 120 days of initial OPT expiry date

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