Court's Decision In Controversial Visa Program Could Send Workers Home
A court's decision about a controversial student visa program could send thousands of foreign workers in STEM fields home.By Kate Grumke | January 21, 2016
Thousands of foreign workers on extended student visas may have to leave the country next month, depending on a court's decision.
The workers are here as part of a program for foreign students who studied at American universities. International students can apply to stay for a year as part of an Optional Practical Training program, or OPT, but science, technology, engineering or math students can apply to stay in the U.S. for up to 17 extra months to work.
And a lot of international students use the program. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports 12 percent of the nearly 1 million student-visa holders aren't studying but are here on OPT.