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Final DHS Rule Allows More Training for STEM Students

March 9, 2016, 5:00 AM

International students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields will now be able to work for up to three years post-graduation under a final rule (RIN 1653-AA72) issued March 9 by the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the DHS, the final rule, scheduled for publication in the March 11 Federal Register, also includes greater oversight over the Optional Practical Training program and provides “cap gap” relief to foreign students with timely H-1B highly skilled guestworker petitions.

Between one-third and one-half of all students earning STEM degrees at U.S. colleges and universities are from other countries, William A. Stock of...

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