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STEM OPT Extension Request

This e-form can be used by students currently on OPT to request an extension in an approved STEM field.

You will need to upload a copy of your EAD card and your I-983 form when the e-form is submitted.

Once you have logged in to iSSS BU Client Services, the e-form is found under "F-1 Employment Services" in the "iSSS BU Home Page" block.

The top section of the e-form provides instructions for completing the form.


When filling out the e-form, required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Select the OPT Approval Period, and enter a non-BU email address and U.S. phone number in the PERSONAL INFORMATION section. Your degree and major are entered in the DEGREE INFORMATION section, along with the method you would like the I-20 delivered:

  • You will be emailed when the I-20 is ready if you are going to pick it up in person;
  • Be sure to submit an Express Mail E-Form if you choose that option;
  • Provide a US Address if the I-20 is to be mailed via the US Postal Service.

Fields with drop-down lists detailing options are indicated with by an arrow to the right of the input field.


Start and end dates, whether you are working full- or part-time, and whether you are self-employed is entered in the EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION section. Company (if self-employed) or Employer data is entered in the EMPLOYER INFORMATION section. Information about your direct supervisor needs to be entered in the SUPERVISOR INFORMATION section. 

Fields with drop-down lists detailing options are indicated with by an arrow to the right of the input field.


Images of your EAD Card (front and back) and your I-983 form need to be uploaded with the e-form. These are identified in the DOCUMENT UPLOADS section. Please note:

  • You can only upload PDF or image files (JPG, JPEG, GIFF, PNG).
  • PDF files work best.
  • Please DO NOT upload Bitmap or BMP images.


Read the statements in the verification section carefully and check the boxes to acknowledge you understand them. When you are done, click the "Submit" button.


The top of the e-form is displayed, with a message that the e-form is in "Pending" status.


You will receive an email when ISSS has processed your request. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

Last Updated: 11/16/18