• Kristina M. Hernandez

Expansion of STEM OPT eligibility - DHS Adds 22 Fields of Study to STEM List

The Department of Homeland Security will be amending its DHS Stem Designated Degree Program list by adding 22 qualifying fields of study and a corresponding CIP code. The regulation will be published Friday, January 21, 2022. This list is used to determine whether an F-1 student’s degree qualifies as a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree for the F-1 student to be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (STEM OPT). To put it simply, F-1 students with the following 22 degrees and corresponding CIP code will now be eligible to apply for a STEM OPT EAD card.


The additional 22 qualifying fields of study added to the STEM list are as follows:


· Bioenergy (03.0210)

· Forestry, General (03.0501)

· Forest Resources Production and Management (03.0510)

· Human-Centered Technology and Design (11.0105)

· Cloud Computing (11.0902)

· Anthrozoology (30.3401)

· Climate Science (30.3501)

· Earth Systems Science (30.3801)

· Economics and Computer Science (30.3901)

· Environmental Geosciences (30.4101)

· Geobiology (30.4301)

· Geography and Environmental Studies (30.4401)

· Mathematical Economics (30.4901)

· Mathematics and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science (30.5001)

· Data Science, General (30.7001)

· Data Analytics, General (30.7101)

· Business Analytics (30.7102)

· Data Visualization (30.7103)

· Financial Analytics (30.7104)

· Data Analytics, Other (30.7199)

· Industrial and Organizational Psychology (42.2804)

· Social Sciences, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods (45.0102)

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