|Can I Apply for 24-Month Optional Practical Training (OPT) as a MBA Student?|
I am a MBA student at this time, which is a non- STEM degree, but my also received a BS in mathematics from a university in United States. Can I apply for 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) after my MBA graduation?
Certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To qualify for the 24-month extension, you need to meet 2 conditions:
1) you must ave been granted OPT, and currently be in a valid period of OPT;
2) have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a school that is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency, and is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at the time you submit your STEM OPT extension application.
If you are an F-1 student participating in a 12-month period of post-completion OPT based on a non-STEM degree, you may be eligible to use a previous STEM degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to apply for a STEM OPT extension. You must have received both degrees from currently accredited and SEVP-certified institutions, and cannot have already received a STEM OPT extension based on this previous degree. The practical training opportunity also must be directly related to the previously obtained STEM degree.
For example, if you are currently participating in OPT based on a master’s degree in business administration but you previously received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, you may be able to apply for a STEM OPT extension based on your bachelor’s degree as long as it is from an accredited U.S. college or university and the OPT employment opportunity is directly related to your bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
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