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  • Receive a degree designated as STEM by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Are employed by employers enrolled in the E-Verify system.
  • Have received an initial approval of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization related to such a degree.

Find UWM’s STEM-designated degree program list below (note that this list may change at any time). The application can be received by USCIS up to 90 days prior to the current OPT end date and MUST BE received before the end date of current OPT.

UWM’s STEM-Designated Degree Program List

If you are pursuing a STEM-designated degree at UWM, it is extremely important that you meet with a UWM Center for International Education immigration coordinator the semester before you are scheduled to graduate to obtain full information on the OPT application process. Email to make an appointment or call (414) 229-4846.