Judge Extends Work Program for International Students

A popular post-graduation work program for international students will remain in place until May 10, reported Inside Higher Ed.

The governing rule for the STEM OPT program, which grants students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields an additional 17 months to work in the United States after the 12 months available to all international students, was scheduled to expire on Feb. 12. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) request that the ruling be stayed for another 90 days. The agency said it would now have time to implement a new proposed rule and prevent disruption or hardship for participating students and employers.

DHS told Inside Higher Ed that there are currently 23,000 STEM OPT participants, 2,300 dependents of STEM OPT participants, 8,000 pending applications for STEM OPT extensions, and 434,000 foreign students who might be eligible to apply for STEM OPT authorizations.


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