There seems to be near hysteria concerning the recent STEM OPT decision. It's time to clear the air. The facts are: A right wing anti-immigration law firm rounded up some people to act as plaintiffs in litigation challenging the 17 month STEM extension. The court heard arguments from both sides and concluded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to follow required public notice and comment rulemaking when they implemented the program. The court gave ICE six months to correct that omission. Contrary to what the plaintiffs wanted, the court did not rule that the 17 month STEM extension was improper (other than the lack of notice and comment rulemaking). The court came down on the government's side as to all issues except rulemaking. ICE is now in the process of pushing out formal notice and comment rules to implement the 17 month STEM OPT program. If they run short on time, they can go back to the court and ask for an extension, which will almost certainly be granted. This litigation did not involve CPT or ordinary OPT. It does not have any retroactive effect on anything.