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FAQ / Would a student with an undergraduate STEM degree but a master's degree in a non-STEM field be eligible for an extension of OPT based on the master's degree?


The interim final rule states that the ď[t]he degree that was the basis for the studentís current period of OPT is a bachelorís, masterís or doctoral degree in one of the degree programs on the current STEM Designated Degree Program List.Ē This list is published on the SEVP website, located in the Related Links section of this page. This provision is found at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(C)(2).
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Under the interim final rule at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(C)(2), a student who received an undergraduate STEM degree, but whose graduate degree is in a non-STEM field and whose current post-completion OPT is based on that graduate degree, would not be eligible for the 17-month STEM extension.


 




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