Important Terms You Should Know

Below you will find some common immigration-related terms and acronyms used on our website and elsewhere.

We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with these terms and their definitions. And when in doubt, always feel free to email us.

What is the STEM Extension?

The STEM extension is a 24-month extension of Post-Completion OPT. F-1 students who graduated with a major in certain science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields and are on Post-Completion OPT may apply for the STEM extension if they meet all the eligibility requirements.

What is Post-Completion OPT?

Post-Completion OPT is Optional Practical Training (OPT) that you use to work after graduating from Amherst College.

Remember, OPT is authorization for employment that is directly related to your major field of study and is only for students in F-1 status.