Can a person work on STEM OPT for his own business, and perform work that is not related to his field of study?

Answer

OPT is intended to provide practical experience in the field for which one received one’s degree. Work in a different field is not permitted. Further, while a person may generally be self-employed while in the initial 12-months of OPT, self-employment typically is not permitted while on STEM OPT. (02.Oct.2017)

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