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It’s been a while since I have written any posts. I would like to give you an update that I have answered all the comments and if you had asked any question, I have replied it. So back to the topic, STEM was officially invalidated few months ago. This post, I would like to update you on the recent developments.

If you are not aware on why STEM got cancelled, I have written in detail in my previous posts. Here’s the links to it: STEM Cancellation: Complete Overview

Updates on STEM Cancellation:

Update 1: USCIS has indeed started the process of saving STEM. I heard from many that STEM is not going to be saved and all. If you have heard this, then it’s totally wrong. USCIS has started the process to save STEM.

Update 2: USCIS has in fact decided to increase the STEM Extension period from 17 months to 24 months. So in short, you will be getting 12 months of OPT period and 24 months of STEM if your employer is E-Verified. If not, then you won’t get the 24 months extension.

Update 3: To confirm this update, you can go ahead and click on the following link which takes you to the official page of the proposal made by USCIS. Official proposal Made by USCIS.  I would like to highlight the important lines mentioned in the proposal:

  • Specifically, the proposal would allow such F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of OPT in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months (STEM OPT extension). This 24-month extension would effectively replace the 17-month STEM OPT extension currently available to certain STEM students. 
  • DHS believes that the E-Verify enrollment requirement would continue to provide an efficient and accurate manner of better ensuring that students participating in the STEM OPT extension are legally authorized to work. 


USCIS has started the process of saving STEM by putting up the proposal. So students can relax and not get tensed on this STEM issue and continue to carry on with their work. Any questions regarding this is most welcome and I would love to clarify the doubts that you all have.

STEM Extension Update: Steps taken towards saving STEM

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