STEM OPT Extension

Final Rule Increasing OPT for STEM Students Released

In early March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") unveiled a final rule that will allow certain foreign students with science and technology degrees extend their Optional Practical Training ("OPT") period by 24 months. The final regulation will go into effect in May. Under the new rule, certain foreign students in F-1 status with degrees in science, technology, engineering or math will be able to extend their initial 12 month OPT by an extra 24 months, for a total of 36 months.