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Immigration Law

Is Extended STEM OPT in Danger?

Laura D. Francis, BNA, Oct. 10, 2017 - "The “next target” of the Trump administration’s changes to the immigration system may be a work program for foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities, Stuart Anderson of the National Foundation for American Policy said Oct. 10. Last year, the Obama administration expanded optional practical training to allow foreign graduates with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduation. That’s over and above the 12-month OPT period for foreign students with other types of degrees. ... “I’m sure there would be a court battle” if the administration rescinded the regulation, Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell University Law School, said Oct. 10. Any argument that the 2016 regulation was somehow illegal “would be very dubious,” he said. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., in April rejected a challenge to the regulation brought by a union representing U.S.-born tech workers. The case has been appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."