The Department of Homeland Security has finalized its amendment of F-1
nonimmigrant student visa regulations regarding optional practical training
(OPT). However, the amendment only applies to students of science, technology,
engineering, or math—otherwise known as STEM students. The amended
regulation allows students who have opted for 12 months of OPT to extend
their study by 24 additional months, with the application window open
from May 10th to August 8th of this year. This OPT extension period will
replace the current OPT period of 17 months.
F-1 students who qualified for the 17-month extension will have the ability
to extend it by an additional 7 months if they apply during the same May
10th-August 8th application period. This new regulation will also create
stronger oversight and regulation of OPT programs by requiring formal
training plans of employers, as well as implementing new wage protections
for international OPT workers. This will ensure that students who continue
to train in the U.S. have concrete learning objectives that employers
will empower them to meet while they work in their field.
Another important amendment to the OPT extension is that only students
who attend accredited colleges may apply for the extension. By increasing
oversight, the OPT program can provide even more powerful benefits to
students who choose to study and work in the U.S. It will ensure that
they are paid in amounts that are appropriate for their job and their
industry, while also ensuring that employers are giving F-1 students duties
that will properly equip them.
Turn to Ohio Immigration Lawyers Today
Robert Brown LLC has been committed to helping immigrants achieve their
goals and navigate the law for decades. With more than 70 years of combined
experience, our immigration attorneys can help STEM students understand
and comply with the complex network of immigration laws in the United
States. Our help provides our clients with the best possible chance for
a positive outcome, from filing the correct forms to fighting for them in court.
If you’re unsure of your own eligibility as an F-1 STEM student,
give our firm a call. We can help you determine if you are eligible for
a 7-month or 24-month OPT employment extension.
Contact our firm today.