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Know the Law: Applying for a STEM extension

 I have a student visa and I am working in Optional Practical Training (OPT) after receiving my master’s degree.

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Slowdown in rate of growth of international students applying to work in US

International students aren’t applying to stay in the US to work as much as they used to, data from Pew Research Center showed.

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Employers: STEM OPT Reporting Requirements


Employers play a key role in maintaining and strengthening the integrity of the STEM OPT extension program. Although compliance with the program’s various reporting requirements predominately apply to students and DSOs,

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STEM OPT Employer Requirements and Responsibilities

If you are an employer who wants to provide a practical training opportunity to a STEM OPT student during their extension, you must:

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USCIS Takes About-Face on Third-Party Placement for STEM OPT Extensions

USCIS has updated its website regarding STEM OPT Students working at third-party sites. I’ll be going live on Facebook today, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 Central time to discuss at https://www.facebook.com/rnlawgroupUS/

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Growth in international graduates on OPT has “slowed dramatically”


A record number of international graduates of US institutions were authorised to work in the country through the Optional Practical Training program in 2017, but growth has “slowed dramatically” in comparison to recent years according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

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Suit against new limits on STEM students in US

The new rule appeared as a change on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website and was first noticed in April. 

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Automatic Termination of Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students If They Transfer to a Different School or Begin Study at Another Educational Level

USCIS reminds F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) that transferring to another school or beginning study at another educational level (for example, beginning a master’s program after completing a bachelor’s degree) automatically terminates their OPT as well as their corresponding employment authorization document (EAD). 

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USCIS Issues Changes to Off-Site Placement of STEM OPT F-1 Visa Holders

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently made subtle changes to its eligibility definitions for companies seeking to employ STEM OPT F-1 visa holders.  The subtle changes have major implications for employers, including staffing companies and companies that place employees off-site.

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Changes to Rules Governing F-1 STEM OPT Employment

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) recently discreetly revised its STEM OPT program, resulting in a significant change. 

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