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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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USCIS Introduces Onsite Training Restriction on Staffing Agencies Hiring OPT STEM Students

The 2016 STEM regulations made it more difficult for staffing agencies and consulting companies to sponsor graduating F-1 OPT employees for the two-year STEM OPT extension. 

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US Policy: STEM students under OPT extension cannot work at client sites


Several international STEM students hoping to work in the United States for a longer duration, post their studies,
 

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Determining whether a bona-fide employer-employee relationship exists under the new STEM OPT regulations

The Department of Homeland Security's new 24 month STEM OPT rule went into effect on May 10, 2016. Employers and F-1 students should be aware of the major changes to the STEM OPT program.  In particular, some employers may no longer be able to hire F-1 STEM OPT students. 

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