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STEM OPT Extension Application

Submit the following documents to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for initial processing of your new STEM OPT Extension I-20.

  • Statement of Understanding and Reporting Responsibilities for STEM-OPT Extension
  • Legal Advice and ISSS Advising Statement of Understanding
  • Form I‐983 "Training Plan for STEM OPT Students". Complete all sections (Section 1 - 6) except Page 5 on the “Evaluation of Student Progress” and “Final Evaluation on Student Progress”. Page 5 is to be completed by your employer during the annual and final reviews. Review instructions on how to complete.

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  • The Form I-983 Training Plan is a key component of the 24-month STEM OPT extension. Before a DSO may recommend a 24-month STEM OPT extension, the student must:

    1. Work with the employer to fully complete the Form I-983 and obtain signatures from appropriate individuals in the employer's organization; and
    2. Submit the completed, signed form using the OPT STEM Extension Submission Form.

    The DSO will review the Form I-983 to determine that it is "complete, signed, and addresses all program requirements." Form I-983 will be kept by ISSS. Do not mail this form to USCIS.

    Note: Please review USCIS STEM OPT and Third Party Placements.

    Form I-983 resources:

  • Include the following information in SECTION 1: STUDENT INFORMATION

    Name of School Recommending STEM OPT: Texas State University
    Name of School Where STEM Degree Was Earned: Texas State University

    SEVIS School Code of School Recommending STEM OPT (including 3-digit suffix):

    Texas State University SNA214F00331000

    San Marcos,  TX

    Round Rock Higher Education Center SNA214F00331001

    Round Rock,  TX

    Designated School Official (DSO) Name and Contact Information:

    • Jon Ahlberg, PDSO, 512-245-7966
    • Jonathan Tyner, DSO, 512-245-7966

    Student SEVIS ID Number: See your I-20
    STEM OPT Requested Period (mm-dd-yyyy): Starts the day after your OPT ends


Application Packet Checklist Mailed to USCIS

Include all documents according to this order: 

  • Completed Form I‐765 signed with original signature
  • Staple the following to the top of your Form I-765:
    • Check or money order for $410.00 made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
    • 2 recent passport photos. Write your name and I‐94 number in pencil on the back of the photos. See photo guidelines here
  • Completed Form G‐1145
  • Copy of STEM OPT requested I-20 with signatures from DSO and student
  • Copy of your degree (transcript or diploma) in a STEM field on the DHS STEM‐designated program list
  • Copies of:

Note: You do not mail the Form I-983 to USCIS. Form I-983 will be kept by ISSS.

All required documents must be received by USCIS no later than 30 days after the DSO updates SEVIS with the OPT recommendation.