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50,000 Foreign-Born STEM Workers May Be Forced Home

An article in U.S. News & World Report reveals that as many as 50,000 workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields may be forced to leave the United States early next year, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acts soon to reissue a rule that extends the optional practical training (OPT) period for eligible STEM students on F-1 visas by 17 months. On August 12, 2015, the District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the 2008 STEM OPT extension rule, but stayed the vacatur until February 12, 2016, to allow DHS the opportunity to reissue the rule with proper notice and comment. The article states that, so far, DHS has not indicated whether it plans to reissue the rule. Read this story and more in AILA’s daily immigration news clips.

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