DHS Granted Extension Until May 8, 2016 to Issue STEM OPT Extension Final Rule

January 26, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the presiding judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, in the case of Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, granted the DHS’s motion to extend its deadline for publishing the STEM OPT Extension Final Rule until May 8, 2016, noting that  in light of the “unexpected and unprecedented” 50,500 public comments received in response to DHS’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on October 19, 2015, “extraordinary circumstances” existed that warranted modifying the court’s previous order pursuant to Rule 60(b)(6).  The complete decision can be found here


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