This post is the first in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016.
The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what is changing and what is not.
In the second post, we will focus on the training plan requirement, and look at what types of employers the STEM 24 month OPT extension may best be suited for.
The final post in the series will look at compliance issues for both the student and the STEM OPT employer.
What is not changing:
Some elements of the new STEM OPT rule have not changed from the previous version. This includes:
What is changing:
There are several key difference between the old STEM OPT provisions and the new regulations, including the following:
Please keep in mind that there are several changes to the new STEM OPT extension. Students should coordinate carefully with their DSOs to make sure that all requirements are met. Employers who chose to employ STEM OPT students should also review all requirements carefully to ensure full compliance with the new regulations.
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