STEM OPT 24-Month Extension Final Rule
On March 11th, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule to strengthen and enhance the optional practical training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The new STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student’s program of study in an approved STEM field and effectively replaces the 17‑month STEM OPT extension.
The 17-month STEM OPT regulations remain in effect through May 9, 2016. The 2016 STEM OPT 24-month extension final rule is effective beginning May 10, 2016.
Please check the following link to see the updated OPT Extension Information.
Students are encouraged to read the information to be informed regarding the change. Additionally, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will host a live webinar (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stakeholder-webinars) for stakeholders on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET that will discuss the new rule. This webinar is free and open to the public. SEVP encourages both F-1 students and school officials to participate.
Students are welcome to contact the Office regarding the this new policy. We are here to answer any questions you may have!