The U.S. District Court for New Jersey recently denied a preliminary injunction request filed by the Programmers Guild Inc., the American Engineering Association and Bright Future Jobs in conjunction with ten individuals trained in the computer programming and engineering fields to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing the STEM OPT program. The court determined that although there are public interest arguments on both sides, the plaintiffs clearly failed to evidence that they had a likelihood of success on the merits, that there would not be the possibility of harm to other interested persons, and that the injunction would not serve the public interest. The court also questioned in its Order whether the plaintiffs even have standing to bring this case and requested that the lower court complete an expedited period of discovery related to the standing issue. If the court ultimately determines that the plaintiffs do not have standing to bring the lawsuit, the lawsuit and the challenge to the DHS' rule implementing the new STEM OPT period will then be dismissed. Additional information about this lawsuit and its effects (if any) on STEM OPT program will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.