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What is OPT? Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a provision offered by US government, which is equivalent to a temporary work permit, which enables international students to undergo training by working in the industry to gain experience in hands-on application of the concepts they learn in an academic setting. An international student pursuing studies in the US on an F-1 visa is eligible for the OPT. The OPT work authorization is granted by the USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Under the OPT, eligible students are permitted to work in the industry for a 12-month period, which can be extended by 24 months for students enrolled in a program that is classified as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). During the OPT period, the student is allowed a maximum of 90 days when he can stay unemployed while hunting for a job role in an area related to hisREAD MORE

In order to improve and expand the training opportunities, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is all set to issue a new rule regarding the student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for students who are earning degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from the US universities. As per this new rule, international students who are pursuing 12 months of OPT in the United States can now enjoy an extension period of 24 months, i.e 36 months of OPT in the U.S. This 24 month extension effectively replaces the 17 month STEM OPT extension that was previously available for the STEM students. (more…)

A new rule is going to be issued by the federal government which is all set to change the future of many international students for the better! In all likelihood, the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) which was extended from 12 months to 29 months for non-immigrant students who were on F-1 Visa and pursuing a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) will now be 36 months. As a result, of this new rule which will come into effect on May 10, 2016, foreign students who have earned degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will now become eligible to stay for three years for on-the-job training, i.e., seven months longer than the 2008 rule. This new rule is sure to bring a new light of hope for those students who wish to work in the US. Apart from offering graduates more experience in theirREAD MORE
OPT STEM Extension

17 months OPT STEM Extension revoked by Federal Court:

The federal court’s ruling on 12th August, 2015 has put the STEM OPT extension in jeopardy. This judgement has created quite a stir! There is a lot of confusion and bewilderment among the students who have a STEM degree from US Schools and are working on the 12 month OPT. In fact many students who are yet to take admissions in the US schools for the spring/fall 2016 are confused whether they should go to the US and if they do, will they be able to work there after their masters. Through this article we hope to bring some clarity on this matter.


Optional Practical Training IN USA

Optional Practical Training

OPT is an acronym for Optional Practical Training. The F-1 student visa allows an international student to enter US and attend the academic program they have enrolled in. All F-1 visa holders are entitled to pursue work for a limited period in order to apply their knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations. Optional Practical Training