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F1 OPT with PhD in math working for a postdoc in a different department

Published Feb 10,2017 By VD

Hi,

I’m currently a PhD student in Math and I’m on F1 status. I’ve received a postdoc offer at another university and I’m planning to request an F1 OPT.

My problem is, the OPT requires my job to be ‘directly related’ to my major field of study. My major as listed in the I-20 is ‘Mathematics, General’, but my postdoc position will be in a group in a department of Chemical Engineering.

My specific duties are all related to my dissertation (deriving mathematical models, building computational algorithms). The problem is that the department name (Chemical Engineering) does not seem very related to my major as Mathematics.

Is it safe to work as a postdoc in the new department with F1 OPT?

Thank you very much for your time. I really appreciate your help.

 

 

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Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
7 years ago

Is your concern about your chances of getting F1-OPT or the green card in the future?

VD
VD
6 years ago

I’m concerned about getting the OPT and being eligible for STEM extension.

Tigran Kalaydzhyan
Tigran Kalaydzhyan
6 years ago
Reply to  VD

This should not be a problem. It is advised, however, that you obtain a signed letter from your future employer or your supervisor stating how your degree is related to the future work. You can provide this letter in case some questions arise in the process of obtaining the visa.

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