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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
STEM OPT Lawsuit

Dear International Student:

Dear MIT Alumni on post-completion OPT,

The ISO has received inquiries regarding the news on August 12, 2015 that the United States District Court for the District of Columbia had ruled that the STEM OPT extension being vacated (eliminated), effective as of February 12, 2016.  

It is important to note the following information available to date concerning this decision:
  • As of today, DHS has not provided any detailed response regarding the ruling;
  • We do understand that the ruling, in providing a “stay” (delay) of the effective date of the elimination of the STEM OPT Extension, may be providing DHS with time to submit and post an updated version of the rule that will meet the requirements set forth by the court.  In short, the court may be providing with this delay time for DHS to comply with the issues that were challenged in court in order to continue the STEM OPT Extension process;  
  • The Obama Administration, and others in Congress, have voiced support for the STEM OPT Extension, so we hope that indeed DHS will be communicating shortly of their intended actions to continue the STEM OPT Extension.   
We cannot predict exactly what will happen, but we will be watching for developments concerning the STEM OPT Extension, including any announcements from DHS.  In the meantime, you can continue to file, if eligible, for the STEM OPT Extension. We also recommend that you be in contact with your employer to talk about other visa/employment options in the event the STEM OPT Extension will indeed be eliminated in February 2016.  

We hope that this information is helpful and we will be sure to provide any updates on the STEM OPT Extension as they develop.  Please feel free to contact the ISO to speak with an advisor if you have any questions.

Best regards,
The ISO staff

Friday, July 10, 2015
Newly Redesigned I-20 Form

Dear International Student:

Beginning June 26, 2015, any new Form I-≠20 that is produced will be in new redesigned format. All F-≠1 students and F-≠2 dependents will be required to have a new version of the form by July 1, 2016. Some notable changes you will find on the redesigned Form I≠-20 include:

  • A more visible SEVIS ID number, school and program of study for the student
  • A better separation of the studentís information from the dependent(s) information
  • General design improvements that include moving the instructions to the third page of the Form I-≠20, as well as the removal of the barcode, and the blocks for visa and port of entry information

For more information, please see the DHS Study in the States website anouncement and the DHS Redesigned Form I-20 SEVIS Fact Sheet.

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