The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had received more than 50,000 comments on the proposed STEM OPT rule, which is discussed in SPS Immigration’s October 26, 2015 post. Many of the comments were from individuals, but a number of businesses and industry groups also provided comments, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. These comments were generally positive about the proposed rule, but did express concerns about the planned requirement for a detailed training plan and other substantive aspects of the rule. DHS will now consider these comments and will then publish a final rule which could vary from the proposal based upon the comments received. As long as DHS publishes the final rule by February 12, 2016, students relying on STEM OPT will have no interruption in their continued work authorization and immigration status. If you have questions about the STEM OPT rule or work authorization options for foreign students in the United States, please contact SPS Immigration PLLC.
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