Thursday, February 9th, 2017

DHS Expands OPT Visa Program for Foreign Students

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"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."