ICE records indicate that there are approximately 70,000 students currently in OPT and, of those, about 23,000 are studying in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Some of these students will be selected for an H-1B to start in October 2008.
Others may choose to continue their education, while some will depart the United States.
ICE and USCIS estimate that approximately 12,000 will take advantage of the STEM extension.
Students authorized to participate in pre-completion OPT must work part-time while school is in session.