On April 19, 2017, US District Court of Columbia dismissed legal challenge filed by Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (Washtech) against US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2016cv1170-32).

The plaintiff challenged the DHS’s final rule to improve and expand training opportunities for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees (81 FR  13040, 3/11/16) (http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/stem-opt-for-3-years/). US District Judge Reggie Walton held that Washtech had a partial standing to challenge the DHS’s OPT extension program and could not show that its members had been directly harmed by the practical training program. It failed to plausibly state claims that are entitled to relief. Hence dismissed the suit.

After this decision, there are no current pending challenges to STEM OPT rule.