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STEM OPT Extension

The STEM OPT Extension helps SCU's international alumni enhance their education through practical training and hands-on experience.

SCU alumni with degrees in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) can apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) -- this is known as the STEM OPT Extension. The STEM OPT Extension rules have recently changed and we're working hard to make sure all SCU alumni are informed.

Start your STEM OPT Extension application early!

We recommend that you begin your STEM OPT extension application process 4 months before your post-completion OPT EAD card expires.

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