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US Extends Work Program for International Students

March 2016, 12
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International students on F-1 visa who are pursuing their education under STEM related fields in the US universities would be permitted to work for three years under the OPT program.

The US DHS has revealed its final regulation on this issue that was published in the Federal Register yesterday. The regulation will go into effect from 10th May 2016, it means that all the students who are under the OPT till that date or who are eligible for the OPT program would be able to work for the period of 36 months.

STEM students who are getting their extension of 17 months under this OPT program, after their OPT of one year gets completed, could file to extend their OPT program for seven more months.

Meanwhile, the students who are not under the STEM stream, the OPT program remains the same at one year. 

The latest rule would allow the employers to retain the talents of the individuals presently dependent on the F-1 visa for a longer period of time.

USCIS would start taking applications under this new rule from 10th May 2016, before that date, the USCIS would continue to accept the applications as per the existing 17 month OPT procedures.

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