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ICE changes unemployment calculations for students while on post-completion/STEM OPT

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 26, 2018

    ICE has updated the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to caclulate the aggregate total number of unemployment days a student accrues while on post-completion and STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). [ID #740]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 27, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE USCIS

Prior Policies

  • The previous system only calculated consecutive days of unemployment. However, the relevant regulation - 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(E) - already has this requirement in stating "that students may not accrue an aggregate of more than 90 days of unemployment during any post-completion OPT carried out under the initial postcompletion OPT authorization."

    8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)

Commentary

SEVIS 6.41 to Start Counting Unemployment While on OPT in the Aggregate

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