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Welcome - This forum has been created to help applicants who have already won the battle of getting admitted to B Schools and are now in the process of Visa Applications.

You can use this forum for following purposes:

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If I go for 2 years study at USA will allow me for 2+3 years work visa and followed by H1B. HOW ABOUT ONE YEAR FULL TIME COURSE? Will get same work visa ??? Thanks

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If I go for 2 years study at USA will allow me for 2+3 years work visa and followed by H1B. HOW ABOUT ONE YEAR FULL TIME COURSE? Will get same work visa ??? Thanks


Hey KCP479 ,

Thank you for your query. I am happy to help. :-)

As per my knowledge, F1 visa is issued for 5 years to everyone irrespective of the study you are going to do.

What matters is how much is going to be your duraction of study and the OPT period. You cannot stay beyond that period no matter whether your F1 is still valid.

For example,

If you do 2 years MBA, you can use F1 for 2 years study and 1 year OPT.

If you do 2 years STEM Course, you can use F1 for 2 years study and 3 years OPT.

If you do 1 year MBA, you can use F1 for 1 year study and 1 year OPT.

I hope that helps. :-)
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New post 28 Jun 2018, 02:07
Thanks for reply mate.

What is stem course? That means one year study plus one year OpT or 2 years study plus 2 years OpT.

However website says all F1 applicant gets 60 months visa validity.

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Hey KCP479 ,

STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

So, if you do any course that touches above fields, you will be considered for 2 years course + 3 years OPT.

Other than that, rule is simple: MBA duration + 1 year OPT.

I hope that helps. :-)
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Hey KCP479 ,

STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

So, if you do any course that touches above fields, you will be considered for 2 years course + 3 years OPT.

Other than that, rule is simple: MBA duration + 1 year OPT.

I hope that helps. :-)


Nice Forum abhimahna :thumbup:

I would like to highlight important piece of info as people may miss your point. Any STEM program MUST be declared officially as STEM. Some people assume that the program is STEM just because of some scientific courses or math courses. STEM program has a registered number at the government.

Also the STEM could be 1 Year of study (or other duration such as PHD) but the critical point is that it is 3 years OPT.

I hope it helps.
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Thank you so much guys for replies. How about 11 months MBA? They got 1 year OPT as well? Same as other MBA courses?

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Hi abhimahna,

What do you think about the current visa scenario in the USA. Many of my friends who did a non-STEM course (e.g. LLM, Environment Policy, etc) are finding it very hard to find a job. One was a batch a topper and still could not land a job. Companies look hesitant to hire international students. Is it the same for MBA grads?

I would really like to hear your views on this.
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Hi abhimahna,

What do you think about the current visa scenario in the USA. Many of my friends who did a non-STEM course (e.g. LLM, Environment Policy, etc) are finding it very hard to find a job. One was a batch a topper and still could not land a job. Companies look hesitant to hire international students. Is it the same for MBA grads?

I would really like to hear your views on this.


You can read the recent article. It may help getting a closer look. My advice is to target big schools.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-worker ... 1533124800
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abhimahna wrote:
Hey KCP479 ,

STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

So, if you do any course that touches above fields, you will be considered for 2 years course + 3 years OPT.

Other than that, rule is simple: MBA duration + 1 year OPT.

I hope that helps. :-)


if stem gets that much more, why would anyone do MBA over a stem course?
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