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Work Term Extended 3 Years for STEM F1 Visa Students


Work Term Extended  3 Years for STEM  F1 Visa Students


Work Term Extended  3 Years for STEM  F1 Visa Students

F-1 Visa Students.

The homeland security department had established new rules regarding the matter of stem

f-1visa students .The rules are as below.

  1. Students and employers will be required to submit a work plan identifying learning objectives, using Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.”
  2. Employers are required to evaluate the student’s achievements towards their work plan objectives within the first 12 months of their work period, and at a minimum, at the conclusion of the STEM OPT work program.
  3. Any changes to employer’s name or address, or in the student’s name or address, must be reported to the STEM OPT Program Designated School Official.
  4. Employers must ensure that they have the appropriate resources to provide the training specified in the Form I-983 Training Plan, and the student will work similar hours, perform the necessary duties, and receive similar pay, as United States’ employees in a similar position.
  5. Employers must confirm that they will not put the STEM OPT student in a position of replacing any full-time, part-time, temporary, or permanent United States’ workers.
  6. Extensions of the work period for STEM graduates will only be available to students who have obtained degrees from universities and colleges recognised and approved by the United States Department of Education.
  7. A Foreign Student’s Designated School Official must be advised within five business days, of a student’s termination, or leaving the approved employment position before the end of the authorised STEM OPT period.
  8. To deter the potentially fraudulent use of a student F-1 status, the Department of Homeland Security will conduct announced visits, with a minimum of 48-hour notice, or unannounced site visits, if the visit is the result of a complaint or there is potential noncompliance with the STEM OPT extension regulations.

For additional information on the changes to the STEM OPT Program, students and employers are advised to check the amended regulations posted to the Federal Register on March 11, 2016.


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