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New OPT rules FAQ and Applications tips

A few days ago we reported on the new OPT rule offering some much needed H1B relief. Only 3 days after it was submitted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 31, 2008, the Office of Management and Budget finished reviewing the interim final rule on Optional Practical Training (OPT). This brings much-needed relief to students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math, extending the total OPT time from 12 to 29 months. In addition, any student who is beneficiary of a pending H1B petition at the time the OPT authorization is scheduled to expire will be able to extend status until the beginning of the fiscal year.

Read the Q and A on the rule here Download file