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Use of H-1B alternative skyrockets

Patrick Thibodeau | March 12, 2014
Number of foreign STEM students in expanded Optional Practice Training program has grown many fold in six years.

The IT industry lobbied for the OPT extension as a means to keep students in the U.S. who couldn't get an H-1B visa because of the cap.

The GAO, in its report, recommended that U.S. immigration officials do more to ensure that colleges and employers are complying with OPT rules.


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