• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 


STEM Post-OPT Extension


F-1 students currently on post-completion OPT based on a prior bachelor's, Master's, or PhD (Otis does not offer a this degree type) degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field may be eligible for a one-time 24-month OPT extension, beyond the initial 12 months of OPT. All STEM OPT extensions are approved by USCIS. 


About STEM OPT Extension

  • You must already be currently approved for post-completion OPT.
  • You must have completed a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.
    • Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website for the STEM Designated Degree Program List. Eligible degrees are listed by their Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code. Your degree's CIP code is listed on the "primary major" line in the top left corner on the third page of your I-20.
  • You must have a job or job offer from an E-Verify employer.  Ask your employer if they are E-Verified.
  • You have not previously received a 24-month OPT extension after earning a previous STEM degree.
  • You may have multiple employers, but you must be employed at minimum, 20 hours per week per employer
  • You and your employer must have complete the Form I-983 Training Plan
  • You may not exceed 90 days of unemployment during the first 12 months of OPT, and an additional 60 days for students who obtain a 24-month extension.
  • Employment must be related to your field of study.
  • You may apply for the STEM extension twice per lifetime.

When to Apply

Apply before your current EAD expires. USCIS recommends you apply up to 120 days before your OPT expiration. You can continue to work for up to 180 days while the application is pending.


Application Procedures

Submit the following documents to DSO, Angelina Lee, she is located in the Career Services (by email, mail, or in person): Please allow one week for processing. Angelina Lee will issue a new I-20 with a recommendation for the OPT extension and will mail it back to you at the updated local address provided*


1) Complete Form I-983 Training Plan. This form must be submitted to DSO, Angelina Lee (not to USCIS as part of the formal application packet). Otis is required to maintain the I-983 for each STEM applicant. You are required to submit a new I-983 any time there is an update to your employer or to the nature of the employment as reflected in the I-983.

Instructions on How to Complete the I-983

2) Completed I-765 form

Type online or print in BLACK ink

Item 11:

Answer: “Yes”

Which Office: Refer to your EAD or ask ISP.

There are several USCIS Service Centers that adjudicate OPT applications.  The Service Center's code is found in the first three letters of the USCIS # on your EAD.  For example, if your EAD shows WAC12345678, the "WAC" signifies that the California Service Center adjudicated your OPT application.  The Service Center codes are below:

WAC = California Service Center

YSC = Potomac Service Center

EAC = Vermont Service Center

LIN = Nebraska Service Center

SRC = Texas Service Center

Item 16: Use the applicable code (c) (3) (C)

Item 17: Please ask for an E-Verify code from your employer. An E-Verify ID number has 6 digits.

3) Request a new I-20 STEM OPT from Angelina Lee. You will need to submit a copy of this I-20 as part of the formal application packet.

The STEM OPT I-20 can only be issued once the Form I-983 has been received by Angelina Lee, DSO

4) Photocopy of I-20 issued for your 12 month OPT.

5) Application fee: $380 check or money order payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security"

6) Photocopy of STEM degree (official transcript, unofficial transcript, or copy of diploma showing level and program of study

7) Photocopy of your I-94 card- which can be obtained at

8) Photocopy of your last EAD (front and back)

9) Photocopy of passport identification page

10) Photocopy of F-1 visa page

11) Two photos of the following specifications:

USCIS photo instructions (see the "Required Documentation" section on page 6)

The two photos should have a white background.

They should be un-mounted, printed on thin paper, glossy, and not re-touched.

The photos should show a passport-style, full-face image, with both ears visible.

The photos should be 2 by 2 inches, with the distance from the top of the head to just below the chin about 1 3/8 inches.

Lightly print your name and your I-94 number in pencil on the back of each photo.

Photographs must have been taken within the last 30 days and not previously used.

12) Completed G-1145 form (optional; it signs you up for email/text message notification of your application’s arrival at USCIS)

13) Mail your application to the appropriate USCIS lockbox.

If you live in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, be sure to mail your application to the USCIS Phoenix lockbox:

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036

For Express Mail and Courier Deliveries

Attn: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034


Additional Resources

Students with Exisiting 17-Month STEM OPT Extensions
Students with 17-Month STEM OPT Applications Pending on May 10 2016
STEM OPT Help Hub (FAQs)
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