This post is the third 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 are the STEM OPT Student’s Obligations for Compliance?
The F-1 STEM OPT extension student must meet the following requirements:
What are the STEM OPT Employer’s Obligations for Compliance?
These requirements represent a big change from the previous STEM regulations. An employer who hires a STEM OPT extension student must be sure to comply with all requirements, including the following:
The employer should also keep in mind that by participating in this program, they are agreeing to have unannounced site visits by FDNS (Fraud Detection and National Security) officers.
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.
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