Immigration Alert: 24 Month STEM Extension

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Attorneys & Professionals

The Department of Homeland Security’s new rule on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension goes into effect on May 10, 2016.  Some of the changes that impact employers are highlighted below:

Students with current 17-month STEM extensions may apply for an additional 7-month extension by filing an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, along with applicable fees and supporting documentation, on or before August 8, 2016.  The student must have at least 150 days of work authorization remaining when the petition is filed, and the application must be filed within 60 days from the date of the DSO recommendation.

Students with currently pending 17-month STEM extensions will be issued a Request for Evidence which will allow the student to amend their application to a 24-month request without a new fee. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in obtaining work authorization, please contact your Vorys attorney.