What are the requirements to receive a 17-month OPT extension?

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– The student is currently on post-completion 12-month OPT
– The student has earned a degree on the STEM Designated Degree Programs List (http://www.ice.gov/sevis/stemlist.htm). Note that not every degree in a STEM field qualifies.
– Employment Requirements:
Paid or Unpaid
At least 20 hours per week
Directly related to field of study and appropriate to degree level obtained
– Employer Requirements:
Registered with the U.S. Government E-Verify employment verification system
Agrees to report any termination of employment within 48 hours to the student’s school.

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