USA – OPT Extension

The US Department of Homeland Security has been undertaking a review of the current Optional Practical Training (OPT) time frame which enables students to obtain an additional 17-month extension (the standard OPT duration is 12 months) upon completion of their studies. Recently, a ruling was made which has not only allowed the extension to remain in place, but has actually extended it from 17 to 24 months. This means, students who pursue STEM related degrees can now remain in the USA for up to 3 years upon completion of their studies.

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