Last year, I graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, I applied for the initial 12-month period of optional practical training (OPT), which was approved. …

… Prior to the expiration of my EAD, I applied for the 24-month OPT STEM extension, which has just been denied. My attorney says that the decision was incorrect and that we should file a motion to reopen / reconsider the denial. To be sure that I use all of the options to stay in F-1 status, would it be advisable to also transfer my SEVIS to a new program?


While it is understandable that you would like to make sure that you use all of the options available to you, a general rule that results in termination of OPT upon a student’s transfer to a new program will also make your claim for OPT STEM extension (i.e. your motion to reopen / reconsider) moot. Therefore, you should choose between pursuing OPT and transferring to another program. (09.Dec.2016)

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