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August 06, 2019 Tuesday 11:42:29 AM IST

OPT Programme Challenged in US Court

International Edu News

The future of Optional Practical Training in the US has been called into question once again after a union representing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) labour market workers, the Washington Alliance of Technology, renewed its efforts to end the programme.Between 2004 and 2016, almost 1.5million international graduates of US institutions were granted permission to remain and work in the country through the OPT programme. 

The OPT programme offers US employers a ‘wider pool of prospective employees’.The latest suit is seeking to sue the US government for its 1992 regulation creating the 12-month OPT programme for international students, and the 2016 regulation permitting eligible STEM graduates to apply for an extension of their OPT programme by 24 months. An extension of an international student’s visa, OPT allows graduates to work in an area related to their study for a total of 12 months, or longer if they have a STEM degree.

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