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Old 05-12-2009, 08:59 PM
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Hi All,

I recently graduated from Master's degree (non-STEM), and received an OPT tied to that degree. However, I decided to go for my second Master's degree (STEM).

First OPT is 12 months, and I understand that it is lost. I'm also aware that only 1 OPT is given per degree level.
STEM OPT gives you right to work in US for additional 17 months.

1.Will I be able to at least recover those 17 months when I graduate from STEM Master's in two years?


2. Has anyone ever been able to cancel their OPT that was approved if the date the card becomes valid hasn't come yet?

3. my second masters ends in May 2010. does that mean that I will have to leave the country if the I won't be able to find a company who is ready to apply for H1-b visa by April deadline? even if I receive an offer after April 2010?

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Old 05-12-2009, 09:24 PM
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Hi All,

I recently graduated from Master's degree (non-STEM), and received an OPT tied to that degree. However, I decided to go for my second Master's degree (STEM).

First OPT is 12 months, and I understand that it is lost. I'm also aware that only 1 OPT is given per degree level.
STEM OPT gives you right to work in US for additional 17 months. Will I be able to at least recover those 17 months or am I done?


second question is, has anyone ever been able to cancel their OPT that was approved if the date the card becomes valid hasn't come yet?

third question: my second masters ends in May 2010. does that mean that I will have to leave the country if the I won't be able to find a company who is ready to apply for H1-b visa by April deadline? even if I receive an offer after April 2010?

Thanks
Since you have already enrolled in 2nd Master's program, you can ask your university's immigration services dept to cancel your OPT based on your 1st MS degree so that you can file and get it again when you graduate with your second MS degree. Even if your OPT has already started, you should be able to get the remainder of the 12 month term once you cancel and apply after completing your 2nd MS degree. Make a copy of your current OPT before handing it over and also keep all the related paper work. You will be asked details about your current OPT when you apply for it again after completing 2nd MS.
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Since you have already enrolled in 2nd Master's program, you can ask your university's immigration services dept to cancel your OPT based on your 1st MS degree so that you can file and get it again when you graduate with your second MS degree. Even if your OPT has already started, you should be able to get the remainder of the 12 month term once you cancel and apply after completing your 2nd MS degree. Make a copy of your current OPT before handing it over and also keep all the related paper work. You will be asked details about your current OPT when you apply for it again after completing 2nd MS.
I haven't enrolled yet in ny 2nd masters. I will next fall. does that change things?

what do you mean under "current OPT"? I-20 an I-765? I don't have the EAD card since I sent it back to service center
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