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…)
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
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