• OPT 17 month STEM extension program Cancelled by Court

    STEM OPT 17 month extension is cancelled by US court effective Feb 12th 2016, leaving F1 Students in Jeopardy. OPT students currently using the 17-month OPT program and future aspirants should follow the developments closely.

    Why STEM OPT program cancelled?

    'OPT STEM 17 month extension' introduced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April 2008 to save the thousands of Highly educated foreign nationals leaving the country after massive H1B Lottery. This program will issue a 17 months extention to the existing 12 months OPT program for the students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field, thus by giving time to apply for next year's H1B Quota.

    A Group of US Scientists sued the OPT STEM Program in the Court by blaming the wrong rule making process followed by DHS when it implemented this in 2008. DHS implemented this program in kind of emergency situation to stop students leaving the country (due to H1B Lottery) without following the 'Public Opinion/comments' step in the rule making process which court pointed out. Court Invalidated OPT extension due to lack of public opinion.

    Complete text of US Court order can be found here >>

    Effect on International student using OPT STEM program and prospective students

    DHS have to act by following the proper rule making process (must take public comments) and president have to sign it by Feb 12th. OPT students currently using the 17 months extension and those who are completing the 12 months program should leave the country by Feb 12th incase if DHS haven't taken timely action.

    Court allowed DHS enough time to make the rule officially so that it won't disrupt the services of thousands of foriegn student in STEM jobs.

    Currently there wont be any negative impact to the students using OPT extension. They can continue in current job using OPT EAD. USCIS will adjudicate your OPT Petition as per current laws which would allow 17 month OPT until Feb 12th 2016.

    DHS is working on to increase the existing 29 month extension by 7 more months to make it to 36 months to help international students by giving more time to apply for H1B. During this time, the decision by court is a very bad news to OPT community.
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. dushyanth reddy's Avatar
      dushyanth reddy -
      IT is a bad news for all international Imigrants. many students will be in a deep trouble if this happens. do not cancel the opt extension.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Oh my god....
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Fake news!! :P
    1. Milind Soman's Avatar
      Milind Soman -
      So the students who are on OPT right now can apply OPT Extension.... Right??
    1. Milind Soman's Avatar
      Milind Soman -
      So the students on OPT at present can still apply for STEM Extension?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Andhra people will be majorly hit now ... no more 1 crore+ dowries for them ... with US tag
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      These seems to be fake news, As nothing is mentioned on uscis site!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Feeling tensed.. its very dissapointing..hoping for best
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Don't panic everyone read all the document correctly it's asking department of homeland security to give proper documentation about Stem extension and for the last date for documentation is February 6th 2016 so we have time
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      When this would be applicable?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Not Fair , we need opt extension
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      hi want to know i have 45 percentage in my graduation so can i get admission?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      if they remove stem opt sstem then itz waste of going to us?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I want to know whether opt for hospitality students is also cancelled or not anybody can you please help me for the query
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      It's a very bad
    1. Naveen 1's Avatar
      Naveen 1 -
      I'm in my STEM extension.. Will it going to be invalid after Feb 2016 ?
      Can you provide link of DHS where this ruling is put on. Thanks .
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The international students are treated lessen than the illegals in this country. These people goes through so much struggle and competition to get till here and people cannot even stand them working for two and half years after spending thousands of dollars for their degree. I would suggest the government to focus on the illegals rather than the students.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      OPT STEM Extension is back
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Spit on that st.upid f,uk who is talking about dowry. It takes only 3 years to earn that amt in US, no need of fuk.in dowry. ;-)
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Spring nobody will go for ms ...wait for fall
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