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Immigration Law

DHS Expands OPT Visa Program for Foreign Students

"A program that allows foreign science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, grads to work in the U.S. for 29 months without a work visa was expanded with little attention last month by President Barack Obama's administration.  The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program had allowed students to work in the U.S. without a work visa for up to 12 months until 2008, when the George W. Bush administration increased the time limit to 29 months.  The Obama administration is maintaining the 29-month OPT term limit, but has expanded the number of eligible fields of study by about 90, bringing the total to 400." - Computerworld, June 4, 2012.