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F-1 students who approach graduation or those who are already in OPT may want to review this list to see whether their “specialty field” is listed in this STEM list designed by the USICE to apply for 29-month STEM OPT benefits. This is particularly important for those F-1 graduates who are not able to file H-1B status in the FY 2013 H-1B cap filing season which starts from today to continuously stay and work additional 17 months beyond the regular OPT period of 12 months. They will find that the definition of STEM may be somewhat different from the information which is flying around as a common sense matter. Unless certain specialty is designated as the STEM specialty in this list, they are not eligible for 17-month additional OPT extension for STEM F-1.

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