I graduated with a dual major, one with a CIP code approved by DHS as a STEM degree and the other with a non-STEM CIP code. Before I completed my initial 12 months of optional practical training (OPT), …

… I applied for a 17-month STEM extension based on my major that is on the list of the STEM degrees. However, the USCIS denied my application because my initial OPT was authorized based on the non-STEM degree. Is this decision correct?


Unfortunately, the decision was correct. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has indicated in its SEVP OPT Policy Guidance that, “If 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 extension.” (19.Jun.2015)

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