I did two masters degrees which both are in STEM courses. After the first masters was completed, I started my second masters and after completion of second masters I obtained OPT ON Basis of second masters degree wit IT management.

Now my question is: Can I file a STEM extension on the basis of my first masters degree, which is Environmental technology? I am getting a job in the field of my first master degree.

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It looks like the answer is yes!

Previously obtained STEM degrees: If you are an F-1 student participating in a 12-month period of post-completion OPT based on a non-STEM degree, you may be eligible to use a previous STEM degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to apply for a STEM OPT extension. You must have received both degrees from currently accredited and SEVP-certified institutions, and cannot have already received a STEM OPT extension based on this previous degree. The practical training opportunity also must be directly related to the previously obtained STEM degree.

For example: If you are currently participating in OPT based on a master’s degree in business administration but you previously received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, you may be able to apply for a STEM OPT extension based on your bachelor’s degree as long as it is from an accredited U.S. college or university and the OPT employment opportunity is directly related to your bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Another non-governmental website specifically said this was possible with 2 master's degrees.

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