Law360: Schools Press DC Circ. To Keep Foreign Grad Work Program

IRLI In The News

June 23, 2021

By Alyssa Aquino

More than 150 American colleges and universities, including Harvard and the California Institute of Technology, urged the D.C. Circuit on Monday to allow work permits for foreign students, arguing it allows them to attract and retain the world’s top foreign talent.

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators led the call to preserve Optional Practical Training, which allows recent graduates on F-1 student visas to qualify for one-year work permits. The program is opposed by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, a union that alleged in a lawsuit that OPT has forced its members to compete with foreign labor for job opportunities.

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