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Study in USA Without STEM OPT Extension? [Video – Q&A]

Should I come to Study in the USA without STEM OPT Extension?

Every parent and the prospective student want to know the answer. Does it make sense to invest so much money to Study in the USA when STEM OPT Extension not there?

STEM OPT Rule Making Process have begin. But, you may not the answer if it will be implemented until  late January of 2016.

Watch the following video for my answer, opinion and verdict.

Study in USA Without STEM OPT Extension Rule?

Show Summary

  • Reasons why students are worried about Study in USA without STEM OPT?
  • Benefits of Studying Abroad
  • My view and reason why you should Study Abroad
  • What is your expectations from Studying Abroad
  • My Verdict – Should you still come to USA?






  1. Rajee Suresh on January 5, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    One of our employee got his H1 through lottery last year and worked in US for almost 6-8 months and now he is back in India. We have received RFE for H1B amended petition. We are in a position where in we cannot submit client contracts / Kpath documents for RFE to be closed. Attorney suggested to withdraw his extension.

    What exactly is withdrawing his H1 extension mean?
    Will he still possess his H1?
    What is the impact on withdrawing the extension?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 5, 2016 at 8:22 AM

      I’m not sure why you couldn’t ask the same question to the Attorney 🙂

      Withdrawing Extension = Let go of his H1B. Don’t process it any further.

  2. Abhishek on October 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Hi Raghu,

    While I appreciate the reasons you cited for studying in the US even without the existence of STEM extension, I think from a purely economic perspective it might be an impossible venture. Basic math for somebody from India. Average tuition and other expenses ~$50000 = Rs 3000000 (@1$=Rs60).

    So the student have the return $50000 in a year = $4100 a month. Most people don’t even get that much a month after taxes. So the usual case would be a student pays off his loan partially. Say he pays of $2000 a month = $24000 a year. So he goes home with a debt of $26000 = Rs 1560000. Paying off that much on an Indian salary is not a small thing to do.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 11, 2015 at 7:47 AM

      That’s why I told in the video – I look at life from different perspective.

      You are looking at Year 1 problem. How soon you can pay your loan.

      I’m looking at what the value to your career till you are alive.

      I think if people can afford to buy 50 lakhs to 1 crore apartment, they should be able to pay education loan. My cousin was going to get CS in VIT Chennai. His expected 4 years expense was close to 18 Lakhs. For 30 lakhs, I would prefer study abroad than 18 lakhs in Chennai. Wouldn’t you agree?

      I liked your Amazon Interview Experience. Do you wanna share it via a podcast session for HSB?

  3. Uday Gopagani on October 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I applied for OPT and I got a RFE for that.

    Drawbacks From my END:

    I had transferred university without doing a single course from the university which I acquired the visa.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on October 6, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Talk to Attorney Murali. I think you are the second person to ask the same question in last few days.

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