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New DHS STEM OPT Rule Takes Effect Today

DHS's new final rule that allows certain F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of optional practical training (OPT) in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months takes effect today. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released a STEM OPT Hub on DHS's Study in the States website to help school designated school officials (DSOs), students, and employers understand the new final rule. The website includes a transition plan and a training plan, as well as FAQs. A blog post published today on the Study in the States website also contains links to helpful resources, including a one-pager that illustrates how each group must comply with reporting requirements under the new rule.