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Please note that this information is for employees of Boise State University and their hiring department.  Boise State students who are not Boise State employees should consult the Boise State student STEM OPT resources.

Students who have recently finished their degree at a U.S. university in F1 status may be eligible to apply for a one-year work authorization called Optional Practical Training (OPT).  Students who completed their degree in a STEM discipline may be eligible to apply for a two-year extension of OPT, commonly referred to as STEM OPT.  If you are working at Boise State using an OPT or STEM OPT work authorization then please notify the Center for Global Engagement (

Boise State employees who are eligible for OPT and STEM OPT will work with their degree-granting institution on the OPT and STEM OPT application.  It is very important to timely file OPT and STEM OPT applications, as they can take several months for approval.  Although OPT has few requirements for employers, STEM OPT participation requires the completion of a formal I-983 training plan.

A current employee must create an I-983 plan in the 90-day window before their one-year OPT ends, or before they start new employment during their 2-year STEM OPT period.  Employees must submit a copy of the completed training plan to the Center for Global Engagement.

Additional information on STEM OPT, including responsibilities of employers, can be found on the Study in the States STEM OPT Hub website.

General guidelines on completing the I-983