New STEM OPT Extension Training Plan

Under the latest STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension rules that came into effect on May 10, 2016, and which  increase the OPT extension program from 17 to 24 months, USCIS added additional requirements.  One of the most important of these is the training plan that is to be filed on the Form I-983. Before applying READ MORE

New STEM Optional Practical Training Rules

The new STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) OPT (optional practical training) 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 replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to certain STEM F-1 students. The 17-month STEM OPT regulations remained in effect READ MORE

US ICE Announced Expanded List of STEM Degree Programs

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published an expanded list of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree programs that qualify F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) students to extend their OPT for another 17 months. Under the OPT program, foreign graduates may obtain up to one year of post-graduation work authorization in the US READ MORE

Proposal to White House to Extend Student Work Status

According to Computerworld, H-1B visa supporters have asked the Bush administration to extend the time that foreign graduates of U.S. universities can work pursuant to the optional practical training (OPT) of their F-1 student visas from one year to 29 months.  This plan would not increase H-1B numbers but ultimately increase their chances of obtaining an READ MORE