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What is new about the OPT program of the United States?

As the international students may be aware of the United States OPT training, of course, many prefer US education over other countries. Firstly, they try for the US, if that does not work students try for other nations. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a 12-month training program under the US employer for the international students.

The New regulations verify the eligible students comprehensively, the STEM OPT program of the United States.

A few rules that remains same:

•    The Student enrolled in the United States University must be approved by the SEVIS, to apply for the OPT.

•    The student undergoing training at the US employer must be registered with the USICS’s e-verify electronic verification.

•    After asking for the extension, the students OPT will be extended for 180 days automatically.

•    No changes to H1B visa applications.

The US employer must comply with all the state and federal laws during the student’s employment under the OPT training.

The New Changes:

The OPT training for international students with Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics backgrounds, currently have an extension for 17 months, that has been extended to 24 months. 

Students have the flexibility to apply for the two life time STEM OPT extension. After completing the study program, students can join OPT through the first extension. Students can also enter any graduation and again make use of the OPT extension for the second time. It gives flexible options to apply for the Optional Practical Training.

The comprehensive list of courses also has been expanded; students can have the list of those courses at official websites.

The international students with masters in the non-STEM program and bachelor’s program in STEM degrees can also apply for the OPT program but based on certain conditions applicable to the students.

The number of days a student can remain unemployed during the STEM OPT training is extended to 180 days.

The extension supplements the international students additional stay; it makes the United States education more competitive in the global market.

The United States education is one of the costliest educations and despite that it stands as the top favorite destination for international students.  

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