Post Study Visa in USA
Are you thinking about staying in USA after your Master degree? Always make sure that you know some basic knowledge about the requirements and restrictions before choosing your career. USA has multiple choices to extend your visa that are categorized under immigrant and non-immigrant category. In many cases, immigration rules and regulations changes more frequently in US more than ever before.
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After graduating from one of the universities in USA, there is an option to extend you visa. The duration of post study visa depends on the type or field of course that has completed successfully. For example, STEM courses have 3 year visa extension, whereas Non-STEM courses have 1 year visa extension.
STEM courses generally comprise fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical. On the other hand there are more Non-STEM courses are available too, such as arts, culture, nursing and more. F1 visa, M1 visa and J1 visa are the most common student visa types that allow students to stay in the US for a period of time after completion of their studies.
The following are the most common visa categories that are known to education consultants,
- F1 Visa
It is generally known as F1 student visa, which describes that the student is entitled to a one year post-graduate practical training after graduation. International students can get up to one year of temporary job related to their field of study which is also known as Optional Practical Training(OPT).
OPT has two options,
- Pre-Completion OPT
- Post-completion OPT
There is a condition that one should find a job related to his/her field of study within 90 days of course completion.
A new rule allows students who complete one of the STEM courses will be eligible for 3 year extension after studies. To get OPT permit DSO at your school has to recommend your application to apply for OPT. A DSO has the authority to manage and assist the status of foreign national in your university. To complete this approval you need to reach out and submit a completed OPT I-20 form which you can find in your university website. For further assistance about the above mentioned post-study visa extensions contact your nearest GoUSA education consultancy in India.