OPT extension

New ycy
Feb 7 4 Comments

My first year of OPT ends this April but I haven’t applied for STEM extension because I’m looking for other positions. My questions are 1. how long does it take for extension to be approved? 2. When can I start working after the first year expires (e.g. whether it’s the receipt of the case number or the actual EAD card if there’s gonna be a new one)?

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  • Juniper 404 found
    Apply for stem extension before April, as it takes more than 90 days to get you new EAD. But, once applied, you can continue working on OPT for 180 days even without the EAD card.
    Feb 7 3
    • New ycy
      OP
      Awesome! Thanks!
      Feb 7
    • Juniper 404 found
      Also, either make a switch now, I mean before applying for opt extension or after you get your new EAD.
      Feb 7
    • New ycy
      OP
      Yeah that’s the plan.
      Feb 7