US modifies STEM work experience program: Here's what it means for students

12:25 AM | 18 Jul, 2023
US modifies STEM work experience program: Here's what it means for students

WASHINGTON - The government of the United States has expanded the list of those who are eligible to work from the US in work related to studies.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Wednesday it would add eight new fields of study to the STEM OPT (science, technology, engineering, mathematics Optional Practical Training) program.

According to the details, the eight fields of study that have been added to the STEM Designated Degree Program List include Landscape Architecture, Institutional Research, Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering Technology/Technician, Composite Materials Technology/Technician, Linguistics and Computer Science, Developmental and Adolescent Psychology, Geospatial Intelligence, and Demography and Population Studies.

The OPT permits students on an F-1 visa to gain practical work experience in their area of study either during or after the completion of their degree. Generally, the program allows students to work for 12 months, but students who have earned a degree in certain STEM fields can apply for a 24-month extension of their OPT, which permits them to work for a total of 36 months.

In January last year, the government expanded eligibility for STEM OPT, adding 22 qualifying fields of study. DHS has since received nominations for an additional 120 fields of study to be added to the list, but it chose to select eight. The complete details regarding the programs added can be read here.

Earlier, the Trump administration threatened to eliminate or add new restrictions to OPT and STEM OPT, placing an action on the DHS regulatory agenda. That move forced students to apply to universities in Canada, especially Indians.

The fresh move comes at a time when the Canadian government announced it would permit up to 10,000 H-1B visa holders to secure open work permits of up to three years to work for employers in Canada.

The fresh decision by the US government to increase the fields of study eligible for STEM OPT is aimed at retaining highly skilled individuals in the United States.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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