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STEM students working in the US get a 3 month extension

Posted on January 28, 2016
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As far back as 5 months, a huge number of recent graduates from the science, innovation, designing, and arithmetic (STEM) stream from US educational institutions, who hold occupations in the United States under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) project are concerned that their authorization to stay in the nation would terminate on 12 February in view of an August 2015 decision. On 23 January, 2016 a judge extended the due date to 10 May, allowing these specialists no less than a brief respite.

The OPT program licenses foreign students and recent grads to work in the United States under their current F-1 student visas as opposed to requiring a H-1B work visa, which can be exceptionally hard to get. Thus, reports from the US suggest that the extended deadline will stay.

In addition, as the students are not on H-1B visas, US employers are not required to pay Social Security or Medicare charges, making them less expensive than skilled US citizens. In 2008, new regulations helped STEM OPT specialists to increase their stay in the nation from 17 months to a sum of 29 months. The Obama organization has likewise proposed broadening the time period significantly further last year, but this did not go through US Congress.

On 19 October, 2015 DHS distributed another proposed decide that would give a 24-month stay extension, yet the 12 December due date went with no concrete ruling, bringing on board confusion to current and recent students. Later in December, DHS recorded a movement asking for an extra 3-month delay, until 10 May, which the court allowed on 23 January.

Be that as it may, the destiny of the OPT expansion, and of the project in general, is still not secure.

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