Judge Grants Extension of Work Program for International Students

The current rule governing a popular postgraduation work program for international students will remain in place until May 10.

The regulation governing the STEM OPT program, which grants students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields the right to spend an additional 17 months working in the U.S. on top of the 12 months available to all international students, was set to expire Feb. 12 after a federal judge ruled the regulation invalid on procedural grounds. In a decision issued Saturday, however, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted the Department of Homeland Security’s request that the ruling be stayed for an additional 90 days, which the agency argued would give it time to implement a new proposed rule for the program and prevent disruption or hardship for participating students and employers.

Read more at Inside Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/01/25/judge-grants-extension-work-program-international-students