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    I graduated in May 2014 with my masters in Information system. According to my CIP code on my I-20 I get only 12 month of OPT no extension. I just found out my university has changed CIP code for the Information system and now it is under STEM category. Can I change CIP code on my I-20 so that I will be eligible for STEM extension. Please help in this matter.

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      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (June 7th)

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      • #4
        I think the answer is yes

        Originally posted by help View Post
        I graduated in May 2014 with my masters in Information system. According to my CIP code on my I-20 I get only 12 month of OPT no extension. I just found out my university has changed CIP code for the Information system and now it is under STEM category. Can I change CIP code on my I-20 so that I will be eligible for STEM extension. Please help in this matter.
        I have found a document with Q&A about change in CIP and it seems it can be done, both for an individual or for every student in a program. More importantly, the change can be done after the graduation and prior to the end of the regular OPT. See the question and answer yourself. It seems this is exactly to allow those who have graduated to be able to benefit from OPT extension for STEM fields. Here is the text of the Q&A (the complete file can not be attached due to its size but you should be able to find it on the web if you Google the content of the Q&A below):

        STEM OPT Extension

        7. Changing CIP code in SEVIS

        DSOs are reporting requests from students and employers to change the student’s CIP
        code to a STEM-eligible code based on the interdisciplinary nature of the student’s field of
        study. SEVP has stated that a DSO has discretion to change the CIP code, but advises
        that the DSO keep evidence justifying the change in the student file. If an institution
        makes an internal decision to reclassify a course of study under a different CIP code,
        pursuant to the institution’s requirements for such a change, can SEVP confirm that a
        DSO may change the CIP code in SEVIS:
        Prior to the Program End Date?
        Prior to the completion of regular post-completion OPT?

        SEVP Response: The change can be made at either time but we strongly
        recommend schools exercise caution in changing CIP codes. If you wish to change
        the code for an individual student, you should maintain documentation indicating
        the student was incorrectly classified. If an institution makes an internal decision to
        reclassify a program of study, it should be an institution-wide decision that applies
        to all students. The school should maintain records concerning the change and be
        prepared to provide justification during the adjudication process.

        NAFSA Note: SEVP indicated that while it is possible to change the CIP code of
        an individual student, the school should be prepared to justify this change and why
        it was not part of a greater institutional change. In fact, such individual changes
        will be under much greater scrutiny. Schools are cautioned to keep good records.
        DSOs should work with their campus registrars to ensure that these changes are
        made appropriately, and in conjunction with the institution’s overall policy for CIP
        code changes.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the info.

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          • #6
            Of course, thx

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            • #7
              U can do it

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