A: You need to apply for the 17-month extension before your 12-month OPT expires.
A: You may either (1) apply for the 17-month extension before 5/10/16, or (2) apply for the 24-month extension on or after 5/10/16. Note: either type of STEM OPT extension must be filed before your 12-month OPT expires.
A: USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) and you will be asked to provide evidence your employer and its training program meets the requirements of the new 24-month extension. If the additional evidence is satisfactory, you will receive a 24-month extension.
A: You may choose to (1) stay with the 17-month EAD extension, or (2) submit another STEM OPT extension application for 7-months (see Q6 below).
A: No. You are not eligible for more OPT time because you have less than 150 days remaining on your EAD even if you were to file on 5/10/16, the earliest possible filing date.
A: Yes, but you must file between 5/10/16 and 8/08/16 AND on the day your application is filed, you must have at least 150 calendar days remaining on your EAD.
A: The earliest you may file is 5/10/16 (the day the new rule takes effect). Then, to calculate the last day you may file, subtract 150 days from your 17-month OPT extension expiration date. For example, if your 17-month extension will expire on 10/15/16, the last day you may file is 5/17/16 (10/15/16 minus 150 days). So, your window of opportunity is only 8 days, from 5/10/16 to 5/17/16.
A: Under the new rule, the employer must show it is providing training as opposed to merely offering employment. As such, employers must provide details regarding its training program and show that the training and tasks are in line with the F-1 graduate’s field of study. Employers must also indicate it is compensating F-1 graduates as it does its U.S. employees (i.e., trainees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents). These details must be addressed in a new form (I-983) which must be submitted to the F-1 graduate’s Designated School Official. If the DSO is satisfied with the information in form I-983, s/he will endorse a new I-20, which must be submitted with the 24-month OPT extension application.