More international STEM students now eligible for OPT extension

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension, NAFSA: Association of International Educators reports.

As NAFSA notes:

“Under the OPT program, foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges and universities can apply for practical work experience in the United States for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from certain STEM degree programs can extend that work experience for an additional 17 months.”

Read more on NAFSA’s website and in the DHS press release. View the full list of STEM-designated degree programs here (new additions in bold).

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