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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…

Is OPT in Peril?

November 26, 2019

More than 100 U.S. colleges signed on to an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks to end the optional practical training program, which allows international students to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas. Colleges say that ending the program would severely harm the…

College leaders back OPT for international students in court fight with union

November 25, 2019

More than 100 colleges and universities are defending a foreign student work program that’s the target of a yearslong federal court battle. The “Optional Practical Training” program — known widely in education circles as OPT — has taken fire from a West Coast labor union that argues the policy was unlawfully implemented and unfairly disadvantages…

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs DACA’s Fate as Immigrants Rally Outside

November 14, 2019

As thousands of undocumented immigrants and their supporters rallied on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on a cold, rainy morning, their fates rested in the hands of nine justices who by some accounts on Tuesday seemed to be leaning toward allowing the protections that have kept the immigrants from deportation to end. See…

Home is Here- Maricruz’s Story

October 30, 2019

Being a teacher means working long hours — it also means making kids feel like they belong. Maricruz is the daughter of agricultural workers and a 3rd grade bilingual education teacher in the same school district she grew up in. She immigrated to the United States from Mexico at 7-years-old and found a home in…