No announcement yet.

Urgent: OPT application, Degree Requirements complete but didn't apply for degree

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Urgent: OPT application, Degree Requirements complete but didn't apply for degree

    Hello everyone,

    I have a big problem. I am a masters student with thesis option and I have converted from thesis to non-thesis in the last week of fall 13 semester. I hadn't applied for graduation due to some misunderstanding even though I intended to graduate in Fall 2013. Since all my non-thesis requirements are met, i want to apply for OPT and look for a job. But International Affairs office says that it can not give OPT to me since I have not graduated even though I have completed my degree requirements and now I have applied for graduation in spring14.
    What are the solutions for this, please suggest. I can't afford another semester's fees.

  • #2
    Your question will be reviewed by our moderator and posted on our wall at within 24-72 hours please follow the post and forum.
    *** Don't Miss Important Topics, Subscribe to our Newsletter at ***
    If you feel this community is useful, please invite your friends by following below steps
    1. Goto
    2. Find "Suggest to Your Friends" - Click on "See All" and Invite your friends
    3. If you can't find the link, refer

    In addition to the readers comments, You can also call attorneys for free advice. DesiOPT is collaborating with group of attorneys. You can contact them directly via email/ phone. Initial Consult is Free. Their information is listed on home page.
    we are providing direct links as well, please let us know your feedback after the call

    F1 visa students find OPT Jobs, CPT Jobs, OPT Employers, H1B Jobs, STEM OPT Jobs, OPT Students



    • #3
      Talk to dso they are the one who can help you


      • #4
        DSO is the only option...No one can't help you apart from DSO


        • #5
          The same thing happened to my frd and he ended up doing masters again. Uscis gave him two options either to do ms again or go back to india


          • #6
            This is ridiculous . Why they are saying they will not give u opt... Once you complete the requirement you of degree you are eligible to get post completion opt even If u did not apply for graduation ,,, you read the us is website and tell them the proper information


            • #7
              Stem extension is different , for that u must have a degree


              • #8
                my case is almost same..completed degree reks in 2012...was on opt in 2013..applied for stem extension few days back and graduating in 2014..any chances of RFE on stem??


                • #9
                  Hi Suraj, from your post i understand that as you did not filed for graduation that's the reason you are not being allowed to apply OPT by DSO, though you don't have any courses left for completing the Master's Right? Correct me if wrong.

                  If above is your case, y do you need to pay fee.

                  If you finished all core degree requirements other than any course (thesis equivalent) , then you can apply for Post OPT before graduation.

                  But as we see now USCIS being strict, i suggest not to start your POST OPT before graduation. Later u might come across unnecessary immigration problems.

                  If you have any course left over finish it and then start your OPT. One semester fee might cost your future Status.


                  • #10
                    Hey, Thanks for the reply,

                    I have to pay fees because i have to be enrolled for maintaining status. I have already finished all my requirements as non thesis. I am not understanding why I need to have a degree when I can clearly apply based on transcripts.


                    • #11
                      OPT STEm

                      Hi all,
                      I graduated last dec2013 and i joined one consultancy but i did not get the job yet.Last month i moved to another consultancy and now i applied for the STEM extension.Is there any any problem to get my opt extension ?