Last month, Y-Axis published a news article on the proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend to 3 years post study. Yesterday, the DHA approved a final rule governing students on the US F-1 student visas post study on the Optional Practical Training (OPT).
This rule can inherit force from the 10th of May this year. Under the new rule, any qualifying F-1 student with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) degree has been granted twelve months of practical training can apply for a twenty four month extension of his or her training. This can be usually cited because the STEM OPT extension.
The new rule printed these days can lengthen the extension from seventeen to twenty four months enabling US students studying in its universities to apply for an extension to 2 completely different points of their educational career, i.e., once for a Bachelor’s and a Master’s, instead of one time, which previous regulations stated. The flexibility of international graduates to figure out their future course of action on their F-1 student visas may permit them longer time to hunt ways that to remain in the US.
The news is welcomed by the international education community. A major advantage of the new rule is that it permits F-1 students to use for a STEM OPT extension supported a previous STEM degree from US universities, as long because the previous qualifying degree was granted before the previous 10 years.
However, only students from select reputed universities accredited by the US Department of Education can apply for the STEM OPT extension.
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Original Source : Insidehighered