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ICE, Mar. 11, 2016- "On Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published amended regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain international students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education. The amended regulations will go into effect May 10. Under the new regulations, certain students can apply to have a STEM OPT extension of 24 months. The new regulations also enhance federal oversight of the training program.
In order to help school officials, students and employers understand the new regulations, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) unveiled a STEM OPT Hub Friday on the Study in the States website.
The STEM OPT Hub includes resources titled Transition Plan and Training Plan, as well as a series of frequently asked questions to walk stakeholders through the amended regulations. Topics are also organized by intended audience on Web pages geared to employers, students and school officials."