Confirming Your STEM OPT Status
You must confirm usage of your STEM OPT every six months from the start date of STEM OPT, until the end of the 24-month STEM extension. Please report the name and address of your current employer and your current residential address to the ISSO. Failure to report will terminate your STEM OPT status.
Students who majored in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields may apply for an additional 24-month extension of their OPT authorization. You may begin your STEM extension application starting 90 days before the end of your Post-Completion OPT, and it must be received by USCIS before your current OPT expires. With the receipt of your application, you may continue to work up to 180 days while waiting for your new STEM-approved EAD card. See the text on your I-797 Receipt Notice for details.