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NEW OPT STEM ruling:

In March 2016, DHS published amended F-1 nonimmigrant student regulations on OPT for certain students with STEM degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education. The amended regulation, which provides for an extension of the OPT period by 24 months (a STEM OPT extension), will go into effect on May 10, 2016.

Students with Post-Completion OPT ending soon:

  1. If the current Post-Completion OPT expires on, or before, May 30, 2016, ISSS recommends that you proceed with the STEM OPT, ISSS recommends that the student proceed with the STEM OPT extension application now. See resources below for application information.

  2. If the current Post-Completion OPT expires after May 30, 2016, it may be beneficial that you wait to file the STEM OPT extension until the new rule goes into effect.

Please visit Study in the States OPT STEM Hub ( for more information and stay tuned for announcements via email from ISSS. We appreciate your patience in waiting for our responses as we are doing our best to ensure students will be eligible for the 24 month extension. 

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