STEM OPT DENIED - Reason: Applied 120 days Prior to the Post Completion OPT(12 months OPT)


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08/17/15 - Post Completion OPT expiry date.


04/17/2015 - Receipt date of STEM OPT Application.


07/10:2015 - Denied STEM OPT Application - Reason Applied 120 days Prior to my Post Completion OPT expiration.


Reapplied STEM OPT Application, but during the application these were the problems I faced.


When I requested my DSO for a new I 20, she said that my SEVIS record was completed. She said she was working on a data fix with the SEVIS helpdesk to make my record active again. She also explained that my record should be active since I have Post Completion OPT until 17 August 2015.


She also explained me that when she called the SEVIS helpdesk, she was been told that even after the record is active, she won’t be able to printout a new I-20 with the OPT STEM recommendation because of the previous denial. She was also been told that go ahead and reapply, such that we should receive an RFE with a deadline which would help us to do an expedited data fix with the SEVIS helpdesk in order to able to print the new I-20 with the OPT STEM Extension recommendation.


Now, if at all I receive a RFE from USCIS, I need to work with SEVIS people so that I can get a new I-20 with OPT STEM Extension Recommendations. So, I guess it will take some time for me to work with my school, USCIS and SEVIS.


My driver’s license will expire on October 13th 2015. I need to travel nearly 14 miles every day in order to reach my office. If, at all I don’t have my STEM OPT application approved in time, I won’t be able to renew my driver’s license and the consequences of this will impact my existing Job. I still have enough time to act pro-actively so that my STEM OPT application will be approved.


So, in this situation, I called USCIS and Expedited the case. Yesterday, it was denied due to no eligible criteria.


What can I do in this situation? And could someone give some confidence in this application process and also please let me know what could be best thing to do in this situation.




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