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Many Restrictions said to be Involved in the 3 Year OPT Extension for STEM Students

The previously announced three year extension to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period for graduate students who are on an F1-Visa and enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses at US educational institutions comes with various restrictions that could likely keep some from benefiting from it. The Department of Homeland Security initially announced the amended regulations to the STEM OPT program on March 11, 2016.

The key restrictions to the 36-month extension, affective May 10, 2016, will be as follows:

The Department of Homeland Security initially announced the revision to the number of months that STEM students may work in order too assist companies who may wish to continue the employment of students through an H-1B application. However, it is clear that while it may benefit some, its restrictions will also shunt many from participating.

For additional information on the amended regulations to the STEM OPT program, the changes can be seen on the Federal Register.

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