This year does not seem to be a Good time for F1 STEM candidates who would be in search for jobs. Since the H4 EAD rule has passed thousands of IT H4 EAD graduate are already in the market looking out for jobs and also the demand of H1B is exponentially high leading to a lottery.
The job market is crowded and after spending large sum of money and time doing Masters the hope to use the OPT 17 month extension is now in trouble.
A DC federal judge on Wednesday has vacated the 2008 rule allowing the 17th month OPT STEM extension. A stay has been placed by the court till Feb 12 2016. DHS would have this time to take action to fix the 17th month OPT STEM extension Rule.
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