I am a PhD student at a top university. I got an MS from the same university in 2011. I also have another MS from another US university. Now, my PhD is not going well, I am on academic probation. But, I applied for post-completion OPT last year which is coming to end this May. I can ask for a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA), which I have taken once already. If I am granted MLOA, there should be no problem. But, if I am not granted MLOA, then because of probation, I will be dismissed at the end of semester (May 5th).
I have 2-3 job offers from reputed companies like Facebook, IBM, etc. I want to work and apply for STEM OPT extension ( I am in engineering field). But, if I will be dismissed from PhD, can I still apply for STEM extension based on MS from same university or my previous MS? If so, what is the procedure? Please help. It is very urgent matter. I am ready to meet lawyers, I am in Baltimore, MD area.
I have completed all requirements of PhD except submitting my thesis.
It appears to be too late to file for STEM-OPT based on a MS from 2011.
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