STEM degree holders are eligible for additional 17 months OPT extension in addition to 12 months.
For those students who cannot find an H1B Visa sponsor, if the company they work is E-Verified and their degree is listed under STEM, they can apply for additional 17 months OPT.
Expanded STEM Degree List
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension.
This announcement builds on a series of reforms designed to further the Department’s commitment to attracting international students.
Under the OPT program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months.
Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.
By expanding the list of designated STEM degree programs to include such fields as pharmaceutical sciences, econometrics and quantitative economics, the Department is helping bring the best, most qualified international students to the United States.
These reforms reflect the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to promote policies that embrace talented students from other countries, who come to study in our finest colleges and universities and enrich the nation by allowing highly skilled foreign graduates to extend their post-graduate training in the United States and work in their field of study upon graduation.
A full list of expanded STEM degrees is available here.
Degrees listed in Bold are newly degrees added to the list.