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The 24-Month STEM OPT Extension is an additional benefit from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows international students in F-1 status who receive a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in an approved STEM field to apply for a 24-month extension of their standard 12-month Post-OPT period, twice in a lifetime. This allows international students the opportunity to gain additional off-campus work experience in their field of study after completion of course studies and Post-OPT.

Eligibility Requirements

  • F-1 student must currently be participating in 12-month Post-OPT, and working for a U.S. employer in a job directly related to their major area of study.
  • F-1 student must have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a school that is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency and that is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at the time you submit their STEM OPT extension application.
    • Previously obtained STEM degrees: If you are an F-1 student participating in a 12-month period of Post-OPT based on a non-STEM degree, you may be eligible to use a previous STEM degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to apply for a STEM OPT extension. You must have received both degrees from currently accredited and SEVP-certified institutions within the last 10 years, and cannot have already received a STEM OPT extension based on this previous degree. The practical training opportunity also must be directly related to the previously obtained STEM degree.
      • For example: If you are currently participating in OPT based on an MBA but you previously received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, you may be able to apply for a STEM OPT extension based on this math degree as long as it is from an accredited U.S. college or university and the OPT employment opportunity is directly related to your degree in mathematics.
    • STEM degrees you obtain in the future: If you enroll in a new academic program in the future and earn another qualifying STEM degree at a higher educational level, you may be eligible for one additional 24-month STEM OPT extension.
      • For example: If you receive a 24-month STEM OPT extension based on your bachelor’s degree in engineering and you later earn a master’s degree in engineering, you may apply for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension based on your master’s degree.
  • F1 students must have successfully completed a bachelor's, master’s, or doctoral degree in a STEM field included in the STEM Designated Degree Program List. To find out if your program is in the STEM list, look for the CIP code on your I-20 under the section entitled PROGRAM OF STUDY listed under MAJOR.
  • F1 student’s prospective employer must be registered with the eVerify Employment Verification System and meet all employer requirements listed in the STEM OPT Employer Responsibilities section.
  • F1 Students must work more than 20 hours per week.

When to Apply for STEM OPT (24-month) Extension

To allow for the 10-day ISSC processing time and the 90-day USCIS processing time, ASU ISSC recommends applying for 24-Month STEM OPT no more than 100 days prior to end date of your Post-OPT. This will maximize your opportunity to receive your EAD card on time.

  • STEM extension applications must be received by USCIS before the end date listed on the Post-OPT EAD card or the STEM extension will be forfeited.
  • Students whose applications are received by USCIS before the EAD card expires will be able to continue employment while the extension application is pending until they receive the final decision from USCIS or for 180 days, whichever comes first.

How to Apply for STEM OPT (24-month) Extension

01

Submit the STEM OPT e-Form to ISSC

Submit your application materials to the ISSC through the eForms Self-service Portal (not to be confused with the SEVP Portal) no more than 100 days prior to the end date listed on your Post-OPT EAD card.  The ISSC will release your I-20 on or after the 90th day prior to the end date listed on your EAD card.  

Please have the following materials ready prior to submitting the e-Form:

 

  • opt

*Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

02

Pick up the 24-month STEM OPT I-20 from the ISSC

  • You will receive an email notification from the ISSC of the availability of your STEM OPT I-20 and supporting documents.
  • The notification will provide detailed information on how to provide authorization for the pick-up of the materials and mailing instructions using eShipGlobal if you choose to have the STEM OPT Information Packet shipped.
  • If you apply prior to the 90th day to ISSC, your I-20 will be held and ready after the 90th day before your program end date. USCIS will return applications received prior to the 90th day before the student’s Post-OPT EAD card end date.

03

Mail Application to USCIS for Processing

  • After receiving your 24-Month STEM OPT I-20, mailing instructions, and checklist from the ISSC, mail your document to USCIS within 60 days of the date the ISSC signed your I-20.  Applications received after the 60-day signature limit will be denied by USCIS.

    You must file the following documents with your application:

    • 24-Month STEM OPT application checklist.
    • Payment (choose one of the following): 

    1.    Payment Form G-1450 (for credit card payments) or

    2.    Personal or cashier’s check, or money order for $410.00 payable to "US Department of Homeland Security" (do not abbreviate).

    • Form G-1145.
    • Form I-765.
    • A separate single-sided copy of pages 1 and 2 of new I-20 signed by DSO and student (do not include F2 dependent I-20s).
    • Copy of recent I-94 arrival record (NOT your travel history).
    • Copy of the front and back of prior EAD cards at the current program level.
    • Copy of biographical page of passport (page with your picture on it) valid at least six months into the future (NOT your visa).
    • Two passport-style photos (2” x 2”) with name and I-94 admission number written lightly on back in pencil placed in an envelope or plastic baggie.
    • Copy of degree or diploma


    Carefully follow all mailing instructions provided to you when submitting your application materials to USCIS, and keep copies of all completed applications for your personal records.


Tips for Avoiding Application Rejections, Denials, Delays, and Receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS:

  • DO NOT mail your application to USCIS prior to 90 days before the end date of your Post-OPT listed on your EAD card. USCIS will cash your payment and deny your application if it is received prior to 90 days before the end date of your Post-OPT listed on your EAD card.
  • USCIS must receive your application within 60 days of the date the ISSC signed your I-20.  If your application will not make it to USCIS within 60 days, you must request a new I-20 from the ISSC.
  • Sign and date your STEM OPT I-20 in blue ink.
  • Sign and date Form I-765 in black ink.
  • Do not staple anything, bind your entire application packet with one binder clip.
  • Fill out a personal check or money order, including the date, payable to the US Department of Homeland Security and write the amount in numbers ($410.00) and words (Four hundred ten dollars and 00/100), and sign it. Add your I-94 admission number in the “Memo:” or “For:” line on your check (bottom left), or somewhere appropriate on the money order.
  • Follow the mailing instructions and checklist provided by the ISSC.
  •  If a change of address is unavoidable, you must inform the USCIS and the ISSC of the new address by filing an online change of address with USCIS. Also update your address at My ASU.
  • The United States Postal Service (USPS/ “the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, you must update your address within 10 days. Inform USCIS and the ISSC of the new address by filing an online change of address with USCIS and updating your Local Address through My ASU.
  • Sign the STEM OPT I-20 on page 1, under Student Attestation. Typed or electronic signatures are not accepted on form I-983.

If for any reason you receive your materials back from USCIS or the postal/shipping service, do not resend the materials. Double check the signature dates on the I-20 and contact ISSC immediately if you need a new or updated form I-20 for the resubmission of the application.

I-765 application should be resent no later than 50 days after the ISSC signature on the I-20.


What to expect:

Students will receive a Notice of Action (i.e., receipt notice) from USCIS within four weeks of applying.  If you do not receive a receipt notice from USCIS within four weeks, please contact USCIS to follow up.

  • The receipt number printed on the receipt notice, text or email will allow you to track your application’s progress using USCIS’s website.
  • It takes approximately 90 days to process a STEM OPT application. You may check the USCIS website for current processing times.
  • If your application is still processing after USCIS currently posted processing times, you may submit a case inquiry with USCIS regarding their delay in processing times.
  • The United States Postal Service (USPS/“the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, you must update your address within 10 days. Inform USCIS and the ISSC of the new address by filing an online change of address with USCIS and updating your Local Address through My ASU.

While on the 24-month STEM OPT, you must continue to maintain F-1 status by doing the following:

  • Check your My ASU account and ASU email regularly for immigration updates.

  • Do not exceed the 60-days of cumulative unemployment allowed during the STEM OPT period and any days of unemployment during the initial 12 months of Post-OPT. Periods of unemployment occur when students have a valid EAD card but are not employed.

  • Submit a copy of your EAD card and report demographic and address information changes through the Optional Practical Training link in your My ASU account.

  • Review the accuracy of your name and the dates on the EAD Card and report any discrepancies to the ISSC immediately by email to issc.employment@asu.edu.

  • You must keep all original I-20s and all your prior immigration documents indefinitely, for possible use in the future. The ISSC does not retain student original I-20s.

  • Report to ISSC every six months to verify current address and employment information through My ASU. In your priority task box, you will find a link titled 'Optional Practical Training’. Then, select the applicable link for reporting under the header "Reporting during STEM OPT Extension."

  • Complete two self-evaluations during the course of your 24-Month OPT STEM Extension period, which are on page 5 of the Form I-983. The first report will be submitted at 12 months of the STEM OPT start date and a second at the end of the STEM OPT period. Evaluations must be signed by the student and their immediate supervisor, and then submitted to ISSC by eForm. Submit your document through the OPT STEM 12-Month Evaluation & Reporting eForm or the OPT STEM 24-Month Evaluation / Final Evaluation eForm.

Changing Employer while STEM application is pending (and Post-OPT still active)

To avoid complications or delays with the STEM OPT Extension application, ISSC recommends that you do not travel or change employers while your STEM OPT Extension application is pending. If a change in employment is unavoidable, you must complete the following:

  1. Log into your SEVP Portal account and update your current Post-OPT employment

    1. Correct your current employer’s end date

    2. Input your new employer’s information

  2. Submit a form I-983 for the new STEM employer. 

    1. Click on Optional Practical Training in My ASU under Priority Tasks.

    2. Click on STEM Extension Employment Update

    3. Select yes for the answer to Have you previously uploaded a copy of your OPT STEM EAD card to the ISSC?

    4. When prompted to upload a copy of page 5 of form I-983 for your previous employer, upload the first page of your new I-983. You will upload the new I-983 twice within the eForm

Your SEVIS record will be updated to reflect the reported changes and an updated I-20 will be issued.

Changing Employer while STEM application is pending (and Post-OPT ended)

To avoid complications or delays with your STEM OPT Extension application, ISSC recommends that you do not travel or change employers while your STEM OPT Extension application is pending.  If a change in employment is unavoidable, you must complete the following:

  1. Submit form I-983 for the new STEM employer. 

    1. Click on Optional Practical Training in My ASU under Priority Tasks.

    2. Click on STEM Extension Employment Update

    3. Select yes for the answer to Have you previously uploaded a copy of your OPT STEM EAD card to the ISSC?

    4. Submit pages 1 through 4 of form I-983 for the new STEM employer.

    5. Submit the bottom half of page 5 final evaluation completed by your former employer.

Your SEVIS record will be updated to reflect the reported changes and an updated I-20 will be issued. 

Updating/Changing Employers while on STEM

  1. Submit form I-983 for the new STEM employer. 

    1. Click on Optional Practical Training in My ASU under Priority Tasks.

    2. Click on STEM Extension Employment Update.

    3. Submit pages 1 through 4 of form I-983 for the new STEM employer.

  2. Submit the bottom half of page 5 final evaluation completed by your former employer.

Your SEVIS record will be updated to reflect the reported changes and an updated I-20 will be issued. 


Employment Restrictions

Types of employment not allowed:

  • Volunteer/Unpaid work

  • Self-Employment

  • Part-time employment. Students must work more than 20 hours or more per week.

Guidance on Staffing/Consulting or Temp Agencies

Staffing and temporary agencies and consulting firms may seek to employ students under the STEM OPT program, but only

  • if they will be the entity that provides the practical training experience to the student and
  • they have and maintain a bona fide employer-employee relationship with the student. 

STEM OPT participants may engage in a training experience that takes place at a site other than the employer’s principal place of business as long as all of the training obligations are met, including that the employer has and maintains a bona fide employer-employee relationship with the student.  As noted in the 2016 STEM OPT rule, certain types of arrangements, including multiple employer arrangements, sole proprietorships, employment through ‘‘temp’’ agencies, employment through consulting firm arrangements that provide labor for hire, and other similar relationships may not be able to demonstrate a bona fide employer-employee relationship and, therefore, may not meet the requirements of the STEM OPT extension. See 2016 STEM OPT Final Rule (p. 13079).    

As part of the STEM OPT extension, employers must complete the appropriate parts of Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students. In this form, employers attest that:

  • They have enough resources and trained personnel available to appropriately train the student;

  • The student will not replace a full- or part-time, temporary or permanent U.S. worker; and

  • Working for them will help the student attain their training objectives.

DHS will review on a case-by-case basis whether the student will be a bona fide employee of the employer signing the Training Plan, and verify that:

  • the employer that signs the Training Plan is the same entity that employs the student and provides the practical training experience.

For more information, please refer to the DHS STEM OPT Hub.

STEM OPT students are permitted to use staffing/placement agencies to find a training opportunity. However:

  • All STEM OPT regulatory requirements must be maintained, and
  • The staffing/placement agency cannot complete and sign the Form I-983 as an employer, unless:
    • The staffing/placement agency is an E-verified employer of the student, and
    • The staffing/placement agency provides and oversees the training.

SEVP provided additional context related to staffing agencies on the Study in the States website here (Page 4, Question 7)

Read Federal Register for more information on the new ruling

Find Additional Guidance from the Department of Homeland Security Here!

Multiple employers:

A student may have multiple STEM OPT employers, as long as all conditions of the STEM OPT extension are met, including proper submission of the Forms I-983 for each training opportunity, the E-Verify requirement for employers and the stipulation that the student works no less than 20 hours per week for each employer.


Unemployment

The rule states that during OPT, F-1 status is dependent upon employment. Students who are granted a 24-month extension are given an additional 60 days of unemployment for a total of 150 days over their entire Post-OPT and STEM periods. During any initial 12-month period of Post-OPT, no student may be unemployed for more than 90 days, and 150 days total during the STEM extension period. Unemployment dates are cumulative.

From the beginning of the authorization date listed on your EAD card, a student should be working or actively seeking employment. If you decide to quit your job, or if you do not find a job, keep the unemployment rules in mind.

  • Unemployment starts accruing from your approved OPT/EAD start date (this is the date listed on your EAD card) but you are not working.

  • If you accumulate 150 days or more of unemployment, you are in violation of your F-1 status. You are expected to leave the U.S., transfer to another school or change your visa status before the 150th day.

  • If you have a job offer that will start after your 150 days of unemployment, we do not suggest taking it since you will be accumulating unlawful presence.  A student may be denied future immigration benefits that rely on the student’s valid F-1 status if DHS determines that the student exceeded the limitations on unemployment.

  • Approved vacation from a job does not count as "unemployment" if you are still considered an employee there. 

  • Jobs that are less than 20 hours per week will count towards the 150-day unemployment limit.


60-Day Grace Period After the 24-month STEM OPT 

You are allowed a 60-day grace period following your 24-month STEM OPT expiration date to leave the U.S., change your status, transfer your F-1 to a new school, or pursue new degree program at ASU.


Early Completion of the 24-month STEM OPT and Leaving the U.S., or Change of Status

If you left the United States, submit the Post-OPT/OPT STEM Demographic and Document Update eForm with proof of leaving the US such as; the travel history page of your I-94, or the air tickets.  We will then complete your records. This update will invalidate your STEM OPT employment authorization, and your I-20 and EAD card will no longer be valid.

If you change your visa status before your STEM OPT expiration date, submit the Post-OPT/OPT STEM Demographic and Document Update eForm and upload form I-797A Approval Notice or other evidence you have received a new visa status.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any employer or location restrictions for working in the U.S. while on post-OPT/STEM?

Are there any employer or location restrictions for working in the U.S. while on post-OPT/STEM?

If you are authorized for Post-OPT, there are no employer or location restrictions; however, please choose a job that will have you work in the U.S., not in another country.  The job duties, not the job title or employer, must be related to your course of study.

What if I lost my EAD card?

What if I lost my EAD card?

The only way to receive a new EAD is by submitting a new I-765 and supporting documents (i.e., I-765, fee, letter of explanation, and I-20). It is impossible to replace an EAD card if you are outside the U.S.

If you need a replacement EAD card, you must submit the following to the Potomac Service Center:

  • A new Form I-765

  • The filing fee ($410)

  • A letter explaining your request

  • Copy an updated I-20 copy showing OPT as approved

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Potomac Service Center

2200 Potomac Center Drive, Stop 2425

Arlington, VA 20598-2425

If you did not receive your EAD card that USCIS mailed, you can also submit an inquiry on non-delivery of a card here.

The ISSC highly suggests that you start working prior to returning your EAD card for correction so you are not unemployed while your card is being corrected. It could take up to 90 days to receive your corrected EAD card.

My EAD card says “not valid for re-entry” on it, does this mean I cannot travel outside of the U.S.?

My EAD card says “not valid for re-entry” on it, does this mean I cannot travel outside of the U.S.?

This simply means that you must carry other documents to show proof of your eligibility to re-enter the U.S. such as your I-20, passport and valid F-1 visa stamp. The EAD alone is not enough to re-enter the U.S. 

Can I enter the us on a different visa status and continue to work on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I enter the us on a different visa status and continue to work on post-OPT/STEM?

No. Do not enter the U.S. on any visa other than F-1 or you will lose your F-1 status and your Post-OPT will be invalidated.

Can I take classes while on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I take classes while on post-OPT/STEM?

The primary purpose of Post-OPT/STEM is working.  Taking classes can be done as an incidental part of your stay.  Students are allowed to enroll in non-degree seeking classes. A full-time or degree-seeking program of study while on OPT/STEM is not allowed.

If you decide to go back to school full-time, you will need to request a for SEVIS transfer out from the ISSC to transfer your SEVIS Record and I-20 to the new school.

If you will start a new degree program at ASU, you need to request a new degree I-20 from the ISSC before the new degree program start date or before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT/STEM expiration date, whichever is earlier. 

If you decide to transfer your record to another institution or pursue a new degree program, your Post-OPT/STEM will be invalidated once you receive the new degree I-20.

Can I extend my post-OPT?

Can I extend my post-OPT?

No, there are no extensions of Post-OPT unless you are STEM eligible.  After your OPT ends you have a 60-day grace period to either change your visa status, transfer to another school, pursue a new degree program at ASU, or return home.   You are not authorized to work during the grace period (unless you have a pending STEM OPT extension application).

Can I start a new degree program while on post-OPT/STEM?

Can I start a new degree program while on post-OPT/STEM?

Yes.  However, if you decide to pursue a new degree program, your Post-OPT/STEM will be invalidated once you receive the new degree I-20.  If you will start a new degree program at ASU, you need to request a new degree I-20 from the ISSC before the new degree program start date or before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT expiration date, whichever is earlier. 

If you will start a new degree program at another institution, you have to request for SEVIS transfer out from the ISSC. This must be done before the end of the 60-day grace period following the Post-OPT expiration date.

How long can I stay in the U.S. after my post-OPT/STEM ends?

How long can I stay in the U.S. after my post-OPT/STEM ends?

You have a 60-day grace period after your Post-OPT/STEM ends to either change your visa status, transfer to another school, pursue a new degree program at ASU, or return home.  You are not authorized to work during this time (unless you have a pending STEM OPT extension application).

Can I change my address while my post-OPT/STEM application is pending?

Can I change my address while my post-OPT/STEM application is pending?

Yes, must update your Local Address via My ASU within 10 days of any changes. You must also submit an address change via USCIS’s website within 10 days of moving. 

The United States Postal Service (USPS/“the post office”) will not forward EAD cards. If you are moving, your address must be updated in your My ASU account and with USCIS (known as AR-11) within 10 days of the change. USCIS can provide you with the option for shipping using an “In Care Of” address. This option is provided during the on-line address change process. You may also use an “In Care Of” address on Form I-765 when applying.

What if there are errors on my post-OPT/STEM EAD card?

What if there are errors on my post-OPT/STEM EAD card?

USCIS produces the EAD cards, NOT the ISSC, so please contact USCIS for details (1-800-375-5283).

Although Form I-765 has 30-character spaces available for both your first and last names, there is an 18-character limit on the physical EAD card for your first name and an additional 18-character limit for your last name. It will not be considered an “error” if your name is longer than the available spaces.

The information below is taken from USCIS’s website:

Typographical errors made by USCIS:

Submit a letter that explains the error (e.g., name misspelled, start and end dates very different than requested, date of birth wrong, etc.) and include the original EAD card with the error. Include documents showing that USCIS made an error (such as a copy of the application you sent to USCIS with the correct information, a copy of your birth certificate, the I-20 the ISSC provided you, or anything that shows the correct information).

Send your letter and supporting documents to the Potomac Service Center:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Potomac Service Center
2200 Potomac Center Drive, Stop 2425
Arlington, VA 20598-2425

If USCIS made an error, you do not need to submit a new Form I-765 or pay a new filing fee.

The ISSC highly suggests that you start working prior to returning your EAD card for correction so you are not unemployed while your card is being corrected. It could take up to 90 days to receive your corrected EAD card.

 Typographical errors made by applicant:

If you need a replacement because your EAD card contains errors that are not due to a USCIS error, you must submit the following to the Potomac Service Center:

  • A new Form I-765

  • The filing fee ($410)

  • Document(s) showing the correct information and/or a letter explaining your request

  • The EAD card containing the error

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Potomac Service Center
2200 Potomac Center Drive, Stop 2425
Arlington, VA 20598-2425

The ISSC highly suggests that you start working prior to returning your EAD card for correction so you are not unemployed while your card is being corrected. It could take up to 90 days to receive your corrected EAD card.

I am locked out of the SEVP portal

I am locked out of the SEVP portal

If your password is entered incorrectly 3 consecutive times or if you have not logged into your SEVP Portal account for 45 days or more, the account will be locked automatically.

If your SEVP Portal account is locked, first try to resetting your password by the following steps:

  1. Click on “Reset password,” then enter your ASU Public Email address (as listed on your My ASU Profile) and your SEVIS ID (It starts with N00 and can is listed on your Form I-20) and click on “Update Password.”

  2. Next, check your ASU email to see if you have received a temporary password and a link from the SEVP Portal. If not, check your Spam folder.

  3. After following the link, enter the temporary password as the “current password,” and set a new password.

If resetting your password does not work, submit the “Reset Your SEVP Portal Password” eForm. You can find the eForm link on My ASU under “Priority Tasks,” in the drop-down content of the “Optional Practical Training” link.

I cannot access the SEVP portal

I cannot access the SEVP portal

If you have not set up your SEVP Portal account, please see How do I set up and access the SEVP Portal?

 If you have set up your account, go to the SEVP Portal. If you forgot your password, it can be reset through the page by the following steps:

  1. Click on “Reset password,” then enter your ASU Public Email address (as listed on your My ASU Profile) and your SEVIS ID (It starts with N00 and can is listed on your Form I-20) and click on “Update Password.”

  2. Next, check your ASU email to see if you have received a temporary password and a link from the SEVP Portal. If not, check your Spam folder.

  3. After following the link, enter the temporary password as the “current password,” and set a new password.

Please note:

  • If you have not logged into your SEVP Portal account for 45 days or more, the account will be locked automatically.

  • If your SEVP Portal account is locked, please submit the “Reset Your SEVP Portal Password” eForm, which can be found under “Priority Tasks,” in the drop-down content of the “Optional Practical Training” link.

Can I send my application to any service center?

Can I send my application to any service center?

No. You must submit the POST-OPT/STEM application to the appropriate lockbox designated by USCIS, based on the address you list on Form I-765. For Arizona residents, applications must be submitted to the Phoenix Lockbox. For other locations, please check USCIS’s I-765 lockbox addresses.

Do dependants or spouses get a new post-OPT/STEM I-20?

Do dependants or spouses get a new post-OPT/STEM I-20?

Yes, they will, however, you will NOT provide USCIS with copies of their I-20s for your Post-OPT/STEM application. Only provide USCIS with your I-20.

Can I check the status of my post-OPT/STEM application after I mail it to USCIS?

Can I check the status of my post-OPT/STEM application after I mail it to USCIS?

Yes. When you receive your text/email or your USCIS Notice of Action (i.e., receipt notice with receipt number), visit USCIS Case Status Online and enter your receipt number (YSC########). You can also call USCIS. Their phone number is 1-800-375-5283. Be sure to have your receipt number ready before you call. You can also set up an account with them. (When their phone prompts, your receipt number letters YSC = 972).

Can you expedite my post-OPT/STEM application?

Can you expedite my post-OPT/STEM application?

The ISSC takes up to 10 days to process Post-OPT/STEM request. Our processing times can vary due to case load; therefore, cases cannot be expedited and will only be processed on a first come, first served basis, respectively. The average USCIS processing time is 90 days, however they can also take longer, and frequently do. To request expedited processing from USCIS, please visit USCIS’s website for details. The ISSC suggests to include a copy of your job offer letter to further support your expedite request. Please also visit USCIS’s Processing Times website for their most up-to-date processing times.