It will be difficult for foreign students to stay in the US after studies, Bill introduced against 'OPT' program, Indians will also be affected

It will be difficult for foreign students to stay in the US after studies, Bill introduced against ‘OPT’ program, Indians will also be affected

A bill against Alternative Practice Training (OPT) has been introduced. Through OPT, foreign students were allowed to work in the US after their studies.

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A group of US lawmakers has once again introduced a bill related to foreign students in the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to discontinue a program that allows foreign students to stay for work in the country after completion of studies, subject to certain conditions. MPs Mo Brooks, Andy Biggs and Matt Getz, along with MPs Paul A. Goser, introduced the ‘Fairness for High-Skilled American Act’. With the passage of this bill, through this it will be possible to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act for Optional Practice Training (OPT).

Gosar said, which country enacts a program, not a law, that rewards its businesses for firing its citizens and employing foreign workers in their place? America. The name of this program is ‘OPT’ and it refers to the complete abandonment of our own workers. Gosar first introduced the ‘Fairness for High-Skilled American Act’ in the 116th Parliament. He has also twice signed an ‘amicus brief’ in support of American workers in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to abolish OPT.

Exemption being given to foreign students from payroll taxes

An ‘amicus brief’ is a legal document, which can be filed in a court case by people who are not litigants in the case but are interested in it. Gosar alleged that OPT bypassed the H-1B limit by allowing more than 100,000 foreign students to work in the US for three years after graduation. He said that these foreign workers are exempted from payroll taxes, which reduces their expenses by about 10 to 15 percent compared to an American worker. OPT is a guest labor program administered by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Trouble may increase for Indian students

Significantly, a large number of Indian students also go to study in America. Because of this, if this bill is approved, then the difficulties of Indian students looking for jobs after studies may increase in the coming times. Before Corona, more than one lakh Indian students were studying in America. But since the beginning of the epidemic, there has been a decrease in this number. But still a large number of students are planning to go to America to study. In such a situation, they may have difficulty in getting a job after completing their studies in the coming time.

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