The final regulation has replaced the existing 2008 interim concluding regulation and changes the latest rule regarding the OPT for F-1 students who had finished graduation in STEM degree. The regulation was published on 9th March 2016 to Federal Register for inspection from the public and would come into effect on 10th May 2016.
The concluding regulation extends the STEM OPT extension from the present 17 months to two years. Moreover, the concluding regulation also includes the following improvements and protections.
On 11th March 2016, the SEVP would introduce an STEM-related OPT hub on DHS Study in the States. This hub would include the resources for school officials, students, and employers.
SEVP monitors around one million foreign students and their dependents who are pursuing vocational or academic education in the US. It is also responsible for certifying the schools and the programs that register these students. The US DOS also monitors the exchange visitors on J-1 visa and the dependents and foreign exchange visitor programs.
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