Wednesday, November 18, 2015

OPT Stem extension might not happen because of too many negative comments!

Unlike the H4 EAD, the OPT 24 months extension proposed rule has been receiving an awfully number of negative comments which lead us think that the rule might not go through. Having said that it is not the number of negative comments as much as negative comments which makes sense. The Obama administration has already prepared to keep the STEM extension with added restrictions. However, if the public is overwhelmingly against it, we might not see them continue on the rule. We recommend that more and more people who care about the OPT extension to continue commenting positively on the registrar and explain exactly how America is negatively affected by a reduction of foreign student in this country.

Note that the foreign student industry is a billion dollar industry which actually helps Universities to thrive in the United States.  In fact, many of the foreign students help the economy according to the Institute of International Education:

"In 2015, the continued growth in international students coming to the U.S. for higher education had a significant positive economic impact on the United States. International students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce."

By decreasing the opportunities on the STEM OPT, many of the foreign students will not willing to the United States and will prefer to choose another destination. This will turn affect US schools and the US economy.

We encourage all of you to go on the OPT 24 months extension proposed rule and comment how this law will not only be helpful to the students but also to the US economy.