Optional Practical Training 24-Month STEM Extension

New STEM OPT Ruling - May 10, 2016

After months of watching the progress on the new STEM OPT Rule, F-1 students received welcome news on Friday, March 11, 2016, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule extending and expanding the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors.

This new STEM OPT Rule went into effect on May 10, 2016 and features several significant changes.  Read more about new STEM OPT Rule here.

Information for Students CURRENTLY on 17-month STEM OPT Extension

GSBS Alumni who are currently in a period of authorized 17-month STEM OPT may be eligible to extend their OPT by an additional 7 months if their current period of authorized OPT expires on or after October 7, 2016. Please contact immigrationservices@umassmed.edu to determine if you are eligible for a 7-month STEM OPT extension.

Information for Students CURRENTLY in initial 12-month period of Post-Completion OPT 

GSBS alumni who are currently in their initial 12-month period of post-completion OPT may be eligible to apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension under the new 24-month STEM OPT rule.  Please contact the Immigration Services Office at immigrationservices@umassmed.edu to schedule an appointment with an Immigration Specialist.   Please review the handouts below for specific application requirements:  

STEM OPT Application Checklist
STEM OPT Acknowledgement & Request Form
Template Form I-983 Training Plan for UMMS F-1 Students

Optional Practical Training - Report OPT EmploymentH1B "Cap-Gap"