Can I use my previous Masters opt to extend my current 12 months opt?

Asked over 1 year ago - Perrysburg, OH

I did my Masters in Chemical engg in 2009 and never applied for opt, left to my home country. Then I came back on new F-1 visa for MBA in 2011. After my MBA, I only received 12 month opt ( because its not STEM) .
Now my question is, somehow, can I extend my opt using previous STEM masters degree? My current opt is expiring in September.


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  1. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . It does not work this way. Talk to the DSO for an explanation. You cannot recapture lost or not reclaimed OPT time.

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  2. John Grayson Davidson

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    Answered . No.

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  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . No

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