Non-immigrant foreign students pursuing subjects in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (known as STEM) now have a wider range of opportunities to apply and stay to reside in the United States for three years.
“STEM innovation allows us to solve the complex challenges we face today and make a difference in how we secure and protect our country,” Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), argued in a statement Friday.
DHS expanded to 22 fields of study the specialties for optional practice and in order to “support the growth of the U.S. economy and innovation.”
The new option allows non-immigrant foreign students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels of study to remain for up to three years in this country.
In coordination with DHS the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published. a guide with all the necessary requirements for application to these opportunities.
“Individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics may be eligible for O-1A classification,” USCIS states in reference to the type of visa that will cover entry and stay in the U.S. for these individuals.
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