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by Danielle Beach-Oswald

Bloggings: Additional Areas Added to OPT - STEM Eligibility for 17 Month Extension, by Danielle Beach-Oswald

The Department of Homeland Security has included additional degrees to the list of Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes. According to the DHS interim final rule (IFR) of April 2008, nonimmigrant students who graduate with a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree, are also eligible to apply for the 17 month extension of optional practical training.

The following additions are listed for the STEM-Designated Degree Program:

Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Animal Sciences, Other.
Food Science and Technology
Plant Sciences, Other.
Soil Science, Other.
Natural Resources/ Conservation, General.
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other.
Water, wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
Urban Forestry
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
Computer Programming, Other.
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
Education/ Instructional Technology
Educational Evaluation and Research.
Chemical Engineering, Other
Civil Engineering, Other
Computer Engineering, Other.
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other.
Engineering, Other.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Environmental Control Technologies/ Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Quality Control and Safety Technologies Safety Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Mining and Petroleum Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Engineering-Related Technologies, Other.
Computer Engineering Technologies/ Technicians, Other.
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Botany/Plant Biology, Other.
Cell/ Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other/
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other.
Zoology/ Animal Biology, Other.
Genetics, Other
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences, Other.
Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other.
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology, Other.
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
Mathematics, Other.
Applied Mathematics, Other
Statistics, Other.
Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
Air Sciences/ Airpower Studies.
Air and Space Operational Art and Science.
Naval Science and Operational Studies.
Intelligence, Command Control and Information Operations, Other.
Military Applied Sciences, Other.
Military System and Maintenance Technology, Other.
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other.
Behavioral Sciences.
Human Biology
Computational Science
Human Computer Interaction
Sustainability Studies
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other.
Chemistry, Other.
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
Physics, Other
Materials Sciences, Other.
Physical Sciences, Other
Nuclear and Industrial Radiological Technologies/Technicians, Other
Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other.
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
Aeronautics/ Aviation/ Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/ Technologist.
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development.
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics.
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences.
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Environmental Health.
Health/Medical Physics.
Veterinary Anatomy
Veterinary Physiology
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology
Veterinary Preventive Medicine Epidemiology and Public Health
Veterinary Infectious Diseases
Management Science and Quantitative Methods, Other.

For a full list of all designated degree programs, click here.

For image source or to apply for a high school STEM internship, click here.

About The Author

Danielle Beach-Oswald is the current President and Managing Partner of Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates in Washington, DC. Ms. Beach utilizes her 19 years of experience in immigration law to help individuals immigrate to the United States for humanitarian reasons. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Beach has lived in England, Belgium, Italy and Ivory Coast and has traveled extensively to many countries. Ms. Beach advocates for clients from around the world who seek freedom from torture in their country, or who are victims of domestic violence and trafficking. She has also represented her clients at U.S. Consulates in Romania, China, Canada, Mexico, and several African countries. With her extensive experience in family-based and employment-based immigration law Ms. Beach not only assists her clients in obtaining a better standard of living in the United States, she also helps employers obtain professional visas, and petitions for family members. She also handles many complex naturalization issues. Ms. Beach has unique expertise representing clients in immigration matters pending before the Federal District Courts, Circuit Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Courts. She has won over 400 humanitarian cases in the United States. Her firm's website is

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