Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts

Q: Is it allowed to apply for STEM Extension from outside USA?

Hello, I am on F1 visa and am currently employed post-graduation on my initial OPT which is about to end in January. For some personal reason, I have been out of the country since a month. My company is in the process of preparing documents and I most likely will apply for STEM Extension in the next 2-3 weeks. Will me being out of the USA temporarily affect my chances for STEM Extension? Is it allowed to apply from outside of USA? Is this the right thing to do? Or should I travel back to the country and then send the application? Thanks!

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: It would probably be best in the long run for you to return to the US and apply here. It would likely simplify things in the long run.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.