The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new 24-month optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees recently went into effect.
The 24-month rule replaces the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension. As of May 10, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will only adjudicate 24-month STEM OPT applications. Employers of students with 17-month employment authorization documents (EAD) should note the following:
For assistance with F-1 visa issues involving STEM OPT participants, contact Brandon Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org