My application for optional practical training (OPT) was recently denied, and I wish to file a motion to reopen and/or reconsider the denial. As a backup option, in case the motion is not successful, can I also transfer to another program of study?


Ordinarily, if you transfer your F-1 SEVIS record to another program of study, you will no longer be eligible for OPT based on your previous degree. Therefore, even if the denial decision was issued in error, the USCIS would normally not be able to reopen and approve your OPT after you transfer to another program of study. (20.Jul.2023)

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