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USCIS disallows OPT work at third-party locations

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 24, 2018

    USCIS updates its website to indicate that F-1 students in the STEM Optional Training Program cannot receive OPT at third-party or off-site locations. As an example, the website indicates, "the training experience may not take place at the place of business or worksite of the employer's clients or customers because ICE would lack authority to visit such sites." [ID #498]

    USCIS Notice: Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT)
  2. Effective Date

    January 24, 2018

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Replaced
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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