EDIT: I obtained this reply from the SEVP that fairly unambiguously appears to say that level-change should not reset my eligibility. Hope my DSO adjustments their thoughts.
I am doing a 4+1 bachelor’s + grasp’s twin diploma (on the similar college) however due to superior standing, I can graduate in 4.5 years as an alternative of 5 which saves me some huge cash, so I am inclined to try this.
My DSO stated that as a result of I’ve had a level-change after my 4 years, and I have not been a grad scholar for a complete 12 months, I can not apply for an OPT, however by that logic, I can not ever apply for an OPT now until I keep one other semester full-time. That appears actually flawed, so I referred to as up USCIS and in addition the SEVP quantity on DHS’s web site they usually each stated I must be high-quality* citing the identical USCIS web page that I despatched to my DSO saying that the 1-year requirement solely appears to be listed below pre-completion OPT and never publish. Moreover, it says nothing about my eligibility resetting after altering my degree from undergrad to grad. I had utilized thrice efficiently for OPTs as an undergrad, however I do know that the period of time you’ve got for an OPT resets whenever you change your degree, and my DSO retains bringing that up for some motive, so I actually do not know what is going on on.
Has anybody else been capable of apply for a post-completion OPT (efficiently) one semester after a degree change?
What are my choices right here?
* My solely concern is that the individuals I spoke to at USCIS and DHS appear to be brokers going off the identical publicly out there information that I cited to my DSO, so I am undecided in the event that they’re authorized specialists, however I am 99% certain I must be high-quality to use.