On July 12, the Department of Homeland Security announced in the Federal Register that the STEM Designated Degree Program List will include eight new fields of study. This list is used to determine if F-1 international students are eligible for a 24-month STEM OPT extension after their initial OPT period ends. The update to the list means that more students will be eligible for the STEM OPT extension.
STEM OPT was first implemented in 2016 and had previously added 22 disciplines in January 2022. This is the second major update, and the eight fields added are as follows:
|Fields of Study
|Composite Materials Technology/Technician
|Demography and Population Studies
|Developmental and Adolescent Psychology
|Linguistics and Computer Science
|Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology/Technician
Disclosure: We are an Amazon Associate. Some links on this website are affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission or receive a referral fee when you sign up or make a purchase through those links.