USCIS recently updated the STEM Qualification List in the SEVIS system to add twenty-two new fields of study that will qualify for STEM OPT. This expansion will allow thousands of new graduates to qualify for the additional 24 months STEM OPT work permission after the standard 12-month, post completion OPT.

Why It’s Important?

Keep in mind that the government uses the STEM Designated Degree Program List to determine F-1 students’ eligibility for the 24-month extension of their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), based on their science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree,” noted Berry Appleman and Leiden in an advisory.

If you are studying in one of these new field, you should check with your DSO in the international student office to see if you will qualify for STEM OPT after you complete the standard 12-month OPT.

22 New Fields Added:

Bioenergy, Forestry, General, Forest Resources Production and Management, Human Centered Technology Design, Cloud Computing, Anthrozoology, Climate Science, Earth Systems Science, Economics and Computer Science,

Environmental Geosciences, Geobiology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science, Data Science, General, Data Analytics,

Business Analytics, Data Visualization, Financial Analytics, Data Analytics, Other, Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Social Sciences, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods