This is a follow up to STEM EAD Update.
On March 2, 2016, OMB completed its review of the final STEM OPT rule. The next step is for DHS to send the rule to the Federal Register for publication. We won't know if any changes were made from the proposed rule in response to public comment, or the effective date of the rule, until it appears in the Federal Register. However, it looks likely that the rule will become effective before the May 10th deadline. That would mean previously issued STEM EADs will continue to be valid without any interruption, and USCIS will continue to accept STEM EADs without interruption.