I graduated with a Master of Economics degree last year and am currently working on OPT. The CIP code for my major is not designated as a STEM degree, but I took as many courses in math as students in the mathematics program of study. Can I apply for a STEM OPT extension?


No. Unfortunately, even if you had two majors, one of which was designated as a STEM degree, but the initial OPT was based on a non-STEM degree, you would still not be eligible for the STEM extension. According to SEVP policy guidance, “[i]f a student has a double major and obtained regular post-completion OPT on the non-STEM CIP or a STEM CIP that is not approved by DHS, the student is ineligible for the 17-month extensions.” (07.Mar.2014)

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