ICE expands STEM program by adding more science, technology, engineering and math degree programs

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension.

The STEM programs qualify eligible graduates on student visas for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which will be a temporal extension for up to 12 months for training or work in the field of study of immigrant students with student visas. Students who graduate with one of the newly expanded STEM degrees can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.

The list of STEM degrees expanded to include such fields as Neuroscience, Medical Informatics, Pharmaceutics and Drug Design, Mathematics and Computer Science. The Obama administration is helping to address shortages in certain high tech sectors of talented scientists and technology experts-permitting highly skilled foreign graduates who wish to work in their field of study upon graduation and extend their post-graduate training in the United States.

The expanded list can be viewed here.