STEM OPT Hub Explains New Rule to Students, Schools and Employers
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension, which 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.
Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:
- The STEM OPT transition plan.
- The new Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.”
- Reporting requirements for designated school officials (DSOs), students and employers.
- Eligibility requirements for students and guidance for DSOs recommending STEM OPT.
- Site visits to employers.
- The DHS Designated STEM Degree List.
Today’s final rule effectively replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to certain STEM F-1 students. The 17-month STEM OPT regulations remain in effect through May 9, 2016. The 2016 final rule’s STEM OPT 24-month extension is effective beginning on May 10, 2016.
Additionally, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will host a live webinar for stakeholders on Thursday, April 14, 2016, 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.
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