Can a student continue working past the expiration of their 12 month OPT EAD while a STEM extension is pending?

Yes, students whose EAD applications are received before their current EAD card expires will be able to continue employment while the EAD extension application is pending until they receive the final decision from USCIS on the application or for 180 days, whichever comes first. It is possible to change employment while application is pending, as long as the new employment meets STEM extension requirements.

 

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