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

**REQUIREMENT TO APPLY FOR OPT-X STEM: Complete the Required ISSSO Presentation **

  1. Verify requirements and submission material needed to ISSSO
  2. Here are quick links to documents for your application submission to ISSSO.
    1. Student Reporting Obligations Form
    2. I-765 and G-1145 (These forms are only required to fill out if you are sending documents to USCIS by regular mail)
    3. Complete the I-983
      1. I-983 Instructions for how to fill out the form.
  3. Submit the required documents by email to in pdf format.
  4. Mail a $200 check or money order for your OPT-X alumni fee with the ISSSO Payment Coupon to ISSSO office. A Check, Money Order, or Cash can be submitted to our office in-person (A friend can pay for you with a completed Payment Coupon).
  5. Receive your documents back from ISSSO with the new I-20 by email. (Regular mail or in-person available upon request).
  6. Mail the application packet to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or file your application online (recommended).
    1. Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
    2. Online Filing Instructions for OPT-X

Mailing address:

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