Estimated number of F-1 nonimmigrants employed in the United States through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, 2013
|OPT approvals||Number of workers|
|STEM OPT extension approvals, 2012||15,827|
|Total OPT approvals, 2013||123,328|
View the underlying data on epi.org.
Note: Numbers represent approvals of employment authorization applications for OPT. STEM OPT extensions approved in 2012 represent the subset of 2012 OPT workers who are authorized to continue working in 2013. Total OPT approvals in 2013 represent all OPT applications approved that year, including STEM OPT applications. All references to a particular year should be understood to mean the U.S. government’s fiscal year (October 1–September 30).
Sources: U.S. GAO 2014; DHS OPT data acquired through a FOIA request