USA’s 3-year stay back (OPT) available to more international STEM students

The US’ popular Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows international students to stay back in the country for up to 3 years after graduation is expanding to accommodate more STEM-related programs.

The move came in accordance with Biden’s foreign policy goal to encourage international admissions and education in the US.

At least 22 new fields of study were added to the designated STEM list by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Effective immediately, students who choose to study one of the STEM-designated programs in the US will be eligible for the 3-year OPT. The previous list of designated STEM programs was published in 2016 

The stay-back will also be available to STEM international exchange students on a J-1 visa. 

International students in STEM programs will have easier access to Green Card with the move in effect.