Jan 23rd, 2016 : Federal Court Judge formally issued notice that STEM OPT Deadline is extended untill May 10th, 2016!
The ruling means that F-1 students with a valid STEM OPT employment authorization document (EAD) can continue to work beyond February 12, 2016, and the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can continue to accept applications for STEM OPT extensions at least through May 10, 2016.
DHS is preparing to finalize rules before the new May 10 deadline to enable the STEM OPT program to continue without interruption. In short, we still need to wait to see the finalized rule, but the likelihood is STEM OPT will continue.
A three-judge panel on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously dismissed a lawsuit by Mississippi against Obama's 2012 program to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally from the threat of deportation. Two Republican appointees and one Democratic appointee said the state lacks "standing" to sue because it did not prove it was injured by the program.