News & Updates

24-Month STEM OPT Extension: How to Apply

The 24-month STEM OPT extension benefit went into effect Monday, May 10, 2016. This new benefit replaces the previous 17-month OPT extension option.

New I-20 Design Required By July 1, 2016

I-20s were redesigned June 2015. You must have the new I-20 version by July 1, 2016.

New I-20 Design:

  • Who We Are: a professionally trained advising staff
  • What We Do: help students understand benefits and restrictions of F-1 and J-1 visa status, as well as changing to those statuses
  • How We Do It: by providing knowledgeable and empathetic advice to F-1 and J-1 students
  • How We Are Accessible: by phone, email, live chat, or in person, year round including quarter breaks, except for weekends and major holidays observed by the UW
  • This Site: includes general regulatory information, procedures, forms, and contact information
  • Our Sources: federal regulations and university policies
  • Our Goal: to provide support to UW international students so that they may reach their educational goals