Arizona State University would like to update you regarding a recent decision that impacts students on F-1 visas. On Oct. 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security has the legal authority to allow F-1 students to secure employment after graduation as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT authorization.

This affirmation means that degree-seeking students continue to have the opportunity to apply for Post-OPT after completing their program of study for one calendar year, and the opportunity to extend OPT for an additional two years if in a STEM degree program.


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At ASU, we measure our success not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include and how they succeed. We know our university community is made stronger and more excellent by the diverse perspectives and backgrounds that our students and scholars bring. As such, ASU was among the 118 public and private universities that filed an amicus brief to advocate for this important aspect of an international student’s U.S. education experience.