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, https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub

Be aware that the current Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM regulations will be effective until May 9, 2016. https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/transition-plan-overview

The new regulations are available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-11/pdf/2016-04828.pdf or https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-11/html/2016-04828.htm.

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.