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Mexico Earthquakes

On Thursday, Sept. 7 and Tuesday, Sept. 19 Mexico experienced two devastating earthquakes that caused extensive structural damage and loss of life.

As we continue to hear news from Mexico after the most recent devastating earthquake, our hearts go out to all who have been affected, including...

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OPT: 24-Month Extension

F-1 students approved for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) based on a bachelor’s, master or doctorate degree in a certain STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field may be eligible for a 7-month extension of their current 17-month STEM extension or may be eligible for the new 24-month STEM extension.


  • The new 24-month STEM OPT rule is effective as of Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  • Effective September 1, 2017 there is now an additional $150.00 ISS OPT processing fee

Check out the following documents for more information: 

Handout for STEM 24-month OPT extension


Checklist for STEM 24-month OPT extension


Sample Employer Affidavit