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STEM OPT Extension

ISS & Immigration Updates Related to COVID-19

We know that STEM OPT is incredibly important to SCU’s international students and it is important to us as well!

As of March 16, 2020 STEM OPT I-20 issuance and application review are currently suspended through April 7, 2020 due to Santa Clara County’s mandatory shelter in place rule.  We will resume issuing STEM OPT I-20s as soon as the shelter in place order has been lifted and we are able to return to the office and students are able to resume mailing their OPT applications. If the shelter in place is extended we will move the OPT process online.

You must be physically present in the U.S. to file for STEM OPT.

Do not depart the U.S. until your STEM OPT application is properly on file with USCIS.

Up-to-Date Immigration Advising and FAQs here.

The STEM OPT Extension helps SCU's international alumni enhance their education through practical training and hands-on experience.

SCU alumni with degrees in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) can apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) -- this is known as the STEM OPT Extension. The STEM OPT Extension rules have recently changed and we're working hard to make sure all SCU alumni are informed.

Start your STEM OPT Extension application early!

We recommend that you begin your STEM OPT extension application process 4 months before your post-completion OPT EAD card expires.

US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.