DUKE JOINS HIGHER EDUCATION AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING FEDERAL OPT IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

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. for a year after graduation, to gain practical experience directly related to their course of study. The program was later tweaked to allow for graduates from STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) to work in the U.S. for up to two years.

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