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Over 1,700 undocumented UC students will be affected by outcome of DACA case before Supreme Court

December 3, 2019

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments both for and against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, on Nov. 12. Their ruling will impact the trajectory of the over 660,000 undocumented young adults in America who are DACA recipients. DACA started in 2012 under President Barack Obama’s…

Yale stands up for workplace training for international students

November 27, 2019

Yale University has joined forces with more than 100 other colleges and universities to bolster the legal defense of a pair of federal programs allowing international students in the United States to gain practical workplace training. On Nov. 21, the schools filed a joint legal brief supporting the programs, arguing that they help make the…

Lawrence University joins amicus brief to support international students

November 27, 2019

Today, Lawrence University joins more than 100 public and private universities and colleges in filing an amicus brief in support of a longstanding U.S. immigration program that assists international students in getting practical training with U.S. employers. The “friend of the court” brief is supportive in the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union vs. U.S.…

PRESS RELEASE: PACE UNIVERSITY STANDS WITH OVER 110 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING

November 27, 2019

NEW YORK (November 25, 2019) – A federal district court is considering whether to strike down student experiential learning programs called Optional Practical Training (OPT) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT. Over one hundred public and private universities and colleges filed an amicus brief in the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union v. U.S.…

UO joins amicus brief in support of international students

November 27, 2019

The University of Oregon, along with more than 110 other colleges and universities, has joined an amicus brief in support of international students and a federal work program. The case, Washtech vs. Department of Human Services, involves a legal challenge to the Optional Practical Training program, a visa status that allows international students to work…

N.H. Colleges Among Those Defending Work Permit Program For International Students

November 27, 2019

The University of New Hampshire and SNHU, along with dozens of other colleges and universities, are defending a program that has helped attract international students. The optional practical training work permit program allows international students to temporarily work in the United States after their graduation, and it’s being threatened by a federal lawsuit. Read full…

Google, eBay, More Rally Behind Foreign Student Training Program

November 27, 2019

A group of U.S. businesses and associations wants a federal judge in Washington to keep in place a training program for foreign nationals with STEM degrees from U.S. colleges and universities. Amazon.com Inc., Dell Technologies, eBay, Facebook, Google LLC, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Tesla Inc. are amoung the 52 companies and 11 associations- which represent another…

The Niskanen Center’s Amicus Brief in the U.S. District Court for DC in WashTech v. DHS

November 27, 2019

Yesterday, the Niskanen Center filed an amicus brief in the WashTech v. DHS case. WashTech questions the legal basis of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and alleges that the workers it represents are harmed by it. In our brief, we draw attention to our findings from the research paper we released earlier this year, casting doubt…

DUKE JOINS HIGHER EDUCATION AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING FEDERAL OPT IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

November 27, 2019

Duke has joined more than 100 colleges and universities filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in federal court defending the federal Optional Practical Training (OPT) immigration program. OPT is a work authorization created in 1992 as part of the F-1 visa program for international students. It allows students from overseas to work in the U.S.…

What to Know About Optional Practical Training

November 27, 2019

MORE THAN A MILLION international students are studying at U.S. colleges and universities. For many of them, the opportunity doesn’t end after graduation thanks to the federal Optional Practical Training program, known as OPT, which for decades has allowed them to temporarily work in the U.S. Both recent graduates and current international students alike are eligible for…