The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule which will expand the employment and training opportunities available to International Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The new rule will take effect on May 10, 2016.
Key features of the new rule include an extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization by up to 24 months. Students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week to qualify for the extension and Employers must incorporate a formal training program with learning objectives and proper oversight. Further, all STEM OPT Employers must participate in DHS’ E-Verify program.
The final rule is available here.