More villainy from the colleges that are profiting off of the Common Core “college and career ready” push into colleges, high college costs via federally subsidized loans where they get paid whether the students can ever pay the loans back or not, and where they support H1Bs, OPT, and “Dreamers” to get more money at the expense of American students.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a controversial aspect of the F-1 foreign student visa. It allows a foreign student to work in the U.S. for one to three years after graduation, with the longer period being for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
It should be no surprise that OPT is controversial. As Ron Hira has pointed out, it amounts to claiming that the international student, typically with a master’s degree, still needs a three-year internship. It is also controversial because both its origin and later expansions have come through Executive Branch action, not Congress. A lawsuit against the expansion, based on this point, is still pending (contrary to recent claims in the press that the courts have already upheld the action, which don’t disclose the fact that the one court decision along these lines was later vacated).
Oddly, USCIS has publicly admitted that their reason for extending OPT…
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