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Gigi Do named executive director of the UTSA Office of International Programs

The UTSA Office of International Programs has named Gigi Do its new executive director.  Do has more than 17 years of experience working in international education, including in her most recent role as deputy superintendent for Global Education, Engagement and Partnerships for the International...

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OPT: 24-Month Extension

F-1 students approved for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) based on a bachelor’s, master or doctorate degree in a certain STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field may be eligible for a 7-month extension of their current 17-month STEM extension or may be eligible for the new 24-month STEM extension.


  • The new 24-month STEM OPT rule is effective as of Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • Effective September 1, 2017 there is now an additional $150.00 ISS OPT processing fee

Check out the following documents for more information: 

Handout for STEM 24-month OPT extension


Checklist for STEM 24-month OPT extension


Sample Employer Affidavit