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Students with a STEM degree and currently in the 12-month OPT period:
To qualify for the 24-month STEM OPT extension, you must:
Completed I-765 form
$410 filing fee -- Personal check or money order payable to "US Department of Homeland Security"
Two identical color photos must be 2" by 2" (passport style). Print your name on the back of the photos lightly with pen. Put your photos in a small plastic bag.
A copy of your current employment authorization letter from USCIS and a copy of the front/back of your current EAD card.
Copy of STEM REQUESTED I-20 that has been issued in the last 30 days. Be sure to sign it before copying it. Note: The USCIS no longer requires copies of all old I-20s. If you are applying based on a previous STEM degree and not your current degree, you will need to include that I-20 along with a letter explaining you are applying based on a previous degree during which you did not use a STEM Extension.
Copy of your I-94 record
Copy of your visa page and passport bio page (the one with your photo) -- Please make sure your passport is valid and has a validity period of at least 6 months prior to filing for OPT. If your passport is valid for less than 6 months, please apply at your consulate for a renewal and include proof of having applied for the renewal in your OPT application.
Letter from your employer with the following information: employment start date, job title, job description, salary, E-verify number and employer's name in E-verify system.
Photcopy of your SEMO Diploma OR a copy of your final official transcript. If you have misplaced your final trancript, you may request a new one. For transcript request instructions, please visit: https://www.semo.edu/registrar/transcript.html
Complete Form G-1145 E-Notification of Application/Petition Form to receive e-mail
notifications about your case. https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/g-1145.pdf
Note: If you include the G-1145 form with your application, USCIS will send you an e-notification within 1-2 weeks from the date they receive your I-765 EAD (OPT) application. They will also mail you a paper receipt notice within 2-4 weeks. Once you have received your receipt number, you can track the status of your individual case using the case status search feature of the USCIS web site. You may elect to receive email alerts about your case status from this web site.
Mail your application within 30 days from date the STEM OPT I-20 was printed. Make a copy of all documents for your record, paper clip all documents together, and mail by trackable Express Mail (UPS, FedEx) to:
If you live in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands.
Attn: NFB AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Phoenix, AZ 85034
If you live in: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Island, or West Virginia
Attn: NFB AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
Please remember to review the STEM Reporting Requirements Page at: https://semo.edu/international/opt/stem-reporting.html