STEM Application

STEM OPT Application Instructions

You can submit your STEM OPT application to USCIS up to 90 days prior to your current 12 months of OPT expiring. USCIS must receive your application before your current 12 months of OPT ends in order to continue working while the STEM OPT application is pending.

Follow the below steps to complete OPT application:
1. Submit OISSS's online STEM OPT Request Form
2. Pick-up new I-20
3. Mail OPT application to USCIS
4. Receive paper receipt notice and new EAD 

STEP 1: OISSS Online STEM OPT Request Form

Submit the OISSS online STEM OPT Request Form, logging in with your Brown alumni credentials. You will need to upload the following documents to the online form: 

  • Completed Form I‑765   (typed, signed by hand)
    • STEM Extension Eligibility Category: (c) (3) (C)
    • Provide your degree, employer’s name and E-Verify Number
  • Completed Training Plan Form I-983 signed by your supervisor (pages 1-4 only)
    • SEVIS School Code can be found on your I-20. Brown's school code is BOS214F20089000.
    • Designated School Official (DSO) is the OISSS advisor who issued and signed your most recent I-20.
    • CIP code is the number found on the I-20 under your major.
    • Employment Authorization Number is the USCIS# on your EAD card.
    • For students working at Brown, please email your department or [email protected] if you need Brown's E-Verify #, EIN or NAICS code.
  • Photocopies of: 
    • Most recent Form I-20 (page 1 & 2 only)
    • Valid passport biographical page
    • Most recent F-1 visa
    • I-94 printout or copy of I-94 card (front and back) 
    • Copy of current EAD card
    • Copy of official final transcript with degree awarded notation and a copy of diploma


STEP 2: Pick Up New I-20

OISSS will issue a new I-20 with a STEM OPT recommendation. Please allow 10 business days for processing. 

If you are no longer living in the Providence area, OISSS can mail the new document to your new location. Please provide your preferred mailing address on the STEM OPT Request Form.

IMPORTANT: STEM OPT application must be received by USCIS within 60 days of the OISSS issuing the new I-20. Refer to the date next to the advisor's signature.


STEP 3: Mail STEM Extension Application to USCIS

Gather and paperclip together the following documents to mail to USCIS:

  • Form G-1145 E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
  • Two (2) passport-style photographs taken within last 30 days with name and SEVIS ID number written lightly on the back of each photo (SEVIS ID# is in the upper left corner of I-20). 
  • Personal check or money order for $410.00 made payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security"
  • Completed original I-765 Form signed by hand (include all 7 pages, even if blank)
  • Copy of Form I-20 with STEM Extension recommendation
  • Copy of all previously issued I-20s
  • Copy of current passport biographical page(s) showing name, date of birth and expiration date
  • I-94 printout or copy of I-94 card (front and back)
  • Copy of F-1 visa stamp
  • Copy of previously issued EAD card(s) (front and back) 
  • Copy of official final transcript with degree awarded notation and a copy of diploma

Mail your application with a tracking number to the USCIS Lockbox facility which has jurisdiction over the mailing address you are using on the I-765. For Rhode Island addresses this will be the Texas facility (see addresses below). If your address is outside Rhode Island see file linked below for appropriate mailing address.

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:
USCIS
P.O. Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266
Courier services which cannot deliver to P.O. boxes
(i.e. FedEx, UPS, DHL):
USCIS
Attn: AOS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067


STEP 4: Receive Paper Receipt Notice and New EAD

The I-797 "Notice of Action" (receipt notice) will be mailed to the address you provide on Form I-765. This receipt notice indicates the date your application was received by USCIS and receipt number that can be used to track the status of your application online. Please contact OISSS if you do not receive your paper receipt notice within one month of mailing your application.

Applicants who anticipate changing addresses should note that USCIS mail will not be forwarded by the Postal Service. Please update OISSS and USCIS with any address changes. 

The evidence that you have been approved for the STEM Extension is a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) which you should receive within 90 days (normal processing time) of the receipt date listed on the receipt notice. If you have not received the EAD card within the normal processing time, contact OISSS.

Please provide OISSS with a copy of your EAD once you have received it.


Can a Student Start or Continue Working for the E-Verify Employer While the STEM Application is Pending?

If a student files an application for the STEM extension and it is received by USCIS prior to the end date listed on the current EAD card,  he/she will be able to start or continue employment with the E-Verify employer while the application is pending, until a final decision is made or for up to 180 days past the end date on the current EAD.