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DHS to propose new STEM extension rule


DHS is proposing to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) to allow certain F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of OPT in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months. An advance copy of the proposed rule is now available. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015, and comments will be due 30 days after its publication. On August 12, 2015, the District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the2008 STEM OPT extension rule, but stayed the vacatur until February 12, 2016, to allow DHS the opportunity to reissue the rule with proper notice and comment

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