STEM Optional Practical Training Extension

The 24 Month STEM Optional Practical Training Extension is a period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student’s program of study in an approved STEM field. On May 10, 2016, this extension effectively replaced the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension. (Study in the States)

La Salle University’s STEM designated programs provide leading academic and technological resources that foster a passion for innovation which drives our students toward success in STEM related fields.

This extension allows for our students who graduated from La Salle University with certain DHS-designated STEM degrees (see below for listing) the unique opportunity to apply for a 24-month OPT extension on their pre-existing Post Completion OPT, if they:

  • Received a STEM-qualifying bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree that is listed below
  • Are on a valid period of full time standard post-completion OPT
  • Have an offer of paid employment for at least 20 hours per week from an employer enrolled in E-Verify.

STEM Designated Degree Programs at La Salle University include:


STEM OPT Extension Process

Confirm your Eligibility
Contact ISSS at 90 days before your current OPT expires.

Form I-983
Prepare Form I-983 Training Plan with your employer.

Complete the STEM OPT Application checklist
Stop by the MIC to pick up an application

Request an STEM OPT Appointment
Contact ISSS at

Submit application to USCIS


Please visit Study in the States for more information about the STEM OPT Extension.

If you have any questions please contact ISSS at

Disclaimer: This extension is not a guarantee and many factors – both personal and academic – are considered by the US government before granting an extension. All students have the right and the opportunity to apply for these programs; however, the government has full discretion on denial and acceptance. The Department of Homeland Security’s STEM Designated List frequently changes as fields are either added or removed from the approved list.