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OPT STEM Extension

Optional Practical Training

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

The 24-month Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Extension allows certain F-1 students who are on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) to apply for a 24-month extension of their one-year post-completion OPT.


The STEM extensions can be issued based on your current degree or a previous degree that is a qualified STEM major.


Application Process

In order to apply for the STEM extension, the student must first contact their International Student Advisor (ISA) to determine if they are eligible. The student may set up an in-person appointment or a phone appointment by calling the front desk of the International Student Center (ISC) at 434-592-4118. Once determined that the student is eligible to follow the steps below:


Step 1 – Prepare the following items:

  1. Form I-983 training plan
  2. Form I-765
  3. Original job offer letter
  4. Money Order for $410.00 made out to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  5. Two photographs (Must meet the USCIS Color Photograph Specifications). Quality photos must be less than 30 days old and can be taken at the local CVS, Walgreens or Wal-Mart.
  6. Final transcripts in a sealed official envelope from the Registrar’s Office (Do not open the transcripts package)
  7. Color copy of student’s current and all previously issued I-20s
  8. Color copy of student’s valid EAD card (front and back)
  9. Color copy of the student’s passport
  10. Color copy of the student’s I-94
  11. Color copy of the student’s visa (even if it has expired)
  12. Completed Form G-1145 for electronic updates on your petition.
  13. 24-Month Extension Application


Step 2 – Meet with your ISA or send all required documents to mystatus@liberty.edu.

  • Appointments can be made by calling the ISC at (434) 592-4118.
  • Your ISA will review the application, recommend the STEM OPT Extension (if approved) and create your new I-20.
  • The expected processing time for the I-20 is two business days.


Step 3 – Send the completed OPT Extension Application Packet to the USCIS for approval. OPT application must be received by the USCIS within 30 days after the OPT I-20 is issued.


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.


Mail your application to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox


For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036


For Express mail and courier deliveries:

Attn: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034


If you live in: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 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 Islands, or West Virginia


Mail your application to: USCIS Dallas Lockbox


For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:

PO Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266


For Express mail and courier deliveries:

Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067


Step 4 – Once you receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), email a color copy to mystatus@liberty.edu.

The USCIS requires that a copy of this document be kept on your file with the university.

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