STEM OPT Regulations

Posted on Friday, Mar 11, 2016

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security has issued the final fules for "Improving and Expanding Training Opportunties for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students; Final Rule." The regulations will go into effect May 10, 2016. International Student Services (ISS) will update its forms and website after Spring Break (March 14-18).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled the STEM OPT Hub,

Be aware that the current Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM regulations will be effective until May 9, 2016.

The new regulations are available at or

As of March 11, 2016, there is still a lawsuit challenging the legality of the STEM OPT program. It is unknown how the lawsuit will affect the implementation of the new regulations.