How to apply for STEM OPT Extension - University of Houston
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How to apply for STEM OPT Extension

  1. Complete ISSSO Presentation
  2. Download the application forms from the presentation
  3. Submit the required documents by email to – and
  4. Mail your check for OPTX alumni fee with ISSSO Payment Coupon to ISSSO office
    1. See Powerpoint Presentation for all required documentation.
    2. Student Reporting Obligations Form
    3. I-765 and G-1145 (These forms are only required to fill out if you are sending documents to USCIS by regular mail)
    4. I-983
    5. I-983 Instructions
  5. Receive your documents back from ISSSO with the new I-20 by email, regular mail, or pick up in person.
  6. Mail the application packet to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or file your application online.

Current COVID-19 measures have changed how we accept OPT documents.

Prepare a check or money order payable to "University of Houston" in the amount of $200 (Include UHID in the memo line) and mail to ISSSO office with completed Payment Coupon

Mailing address:

International Student and Scholar Services Office
4465 University Dr., N203,
Houston Texas, 77204-3024

Then scan and email all documents for your STEM Extension to You will receive the signed I-20 by email. This you will print and use to send your documents to USCIS.