F1 visa students may be allowed to work for 6 years in the USA, like H-1B visa holders

F1 visa students may be allowed to work for 6 years in the USA, like H-1B visa holders

F1 visa students may be allowed to work for 6 years in the USA, like H-1B visa holders

The Barack Obama administration seems to be in overdrive to give additional benefits and work permits to legal residents.

Close on the heels of granting work permits to certain H-4 visa holders who meet eligibility requirements, come news of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moving forward with proposals to expand the work authorization period for international students on F1 visas once they graduate, known technically as OPT (Optional Practical Training), and make it the same as for H-1B visa workers: a total of six years.

During this period of time, students are allowed to take up any work in their field of study and be paid for it, or not be as a trainee, as the case may.

Many students, however, are forced to go back to their country of origin; cannot afford further studies at exorbitant tuition rates. Some do end up studying further, in hopes their fortunes will change in the next round of application for a work visa. But there is no guarantee plans will work out.

The DHS, it seems, now want to make it a level playing field for F1 students, and give benefits startlingly equivalent to H-1B visa holders.

According to new regulations proposed by the DHS and submitted before the Senate Judiciary Committee, students with STEM degrees can stay on in the US and work for a total of six years under OPT – three years after finishing an undergraduate program, and then if need be, another three years after a graduate program

However, there is also little doubt that many of these students may get exploited by employers, be used as cheap labor, without getting benefits too.

Since the student would be under OPT status, the employers would have a different set of rules for them, perhaps treat these students as a trainee or part-time employee for years, not be obliged to provide health insurance, 401K or other benefits.

It’s also unfair that the Obama administration and Congress have not been able to increase work visas – they are still at 85,000, but let hundreds of thousands of graduates annually the liberty to stay on in the country, and pick up any work they receive, for period of three years. It’s bound to undercut American jobs and wages sooner than later.

It’s absurd, but the very companies who may sponsor a student for an H-1B visa and promise full wages as per law, may still continue to employ that student as an unpaid trainee if the H-1B application fails. That frankly, is ridiculous, and should not be allowed.

Also, the demand for H-1B visas will soar exponentially, to the extent that it may well go up by 100% next year if the new rules for F1 students go into effect this year, and perhaps only 1 out of every 10 candidates may get a H-1B work visa, leaving many talented workers to lose out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The DHS proposals for F1 students, if they come through, will undoubtedly also see many more students, especially from India and China, flock to the US.

It must be clarified that OPT is applied for a foreign student on an F1 visa once he or she graduates from a program from an accredited educational institution.

There is another work option for F1 visa students while still enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program: termed Curricular Practical Training (CPT). This CPT option can be used for credit(s) that can be applied to a program per semester, but has to be relevant to the program and directly relate to it; it has to be approved by the department of study too. CPT has to contribute to knowledge and experience of the student in his or her field of study.

F1 visa students can be paid legitimately too while under the CPT, although work hours are limited to 20 hours per week.

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Students giving up illegal part-time jobs to stay in US

Students giving up illegal part-time jobs to stay in US

Students giving up 'illegal' part-time jobs to stay in US

Students giving up illegal part-time jobs to stay in US

HYDERABAD: Fearing deportation by authorities in the United States of America, many students from the city, studying there have given up their part time jobs over the last three weeks, students and officials said.

The flow of students deported from various airports in the US to Hyderabad continued on Sunday too, with 10 more dejected students landing here. The students landed at the Shamshabad airport around 11 am, taking the count to 25 on Saturday and Sunday. Immigration department authorities hinted at more deported students expected to reach here through Sunday night.

Apart from deported students who landed back in the city, panic has spread even among others, who are staying there.

The ones who were not lucky enough to keep their US dreams alive, by heading to controversial universities, share stories of how intense combing on all part time illegal jobs in places like gas stations, supermarkets and eateries have prompted many of their friends to give up on the $ 5- 6 per hour jobs that many survive on.

 

The panic is widespread among the ones who have given up the jobs as authorities continue to deport those who are planning to go there, fearing a co-relation between the police crackdown there and the large number of deportation cases.

 
Students meanwhile have started carrying semester fees, university letter, financial details as well as other documents to avoid being deported, said Sandeep Sagar, who returned on Saturday. He was not able to make it through the immigration counters in the USA. Some students who were already in the US have been deported as well. A few have landed here in the last one week, confirmed a source at the airport.

 

After reaching Hyderabad airport, I met a student who was already in USA and was deported for working there. He was working there at an eatery and had intended to leave his job fearing deportation but was caught on the last day of his job. The authorities checked with the eatery after he left and went back to the university to question his eligibility to work, said Srikanth P, a student who landed here a few days back.

 
Incidentally it is after the recent Paris attack, that US authorities have become more stringent when it comes to the student community and have narrowed down on all US universities. Many students from the state head to the US for doing MS or MBA courses. In some universities, they are required to attend classes only once a week, others allow students to work for three to four hours from day one (mostly blacklisted ones).

Most universities allow the students to work legally once they are on a curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT) programmes. And in these cases, they are not deported. Students are being scrutinized heavily now. Authorities are even going back to universities and checking on student attendance, checking with local part time jobs and deporting students now. As there are ample part time jobs, most students take up jobs on landing there. Shocked by the recent deportations, many students have already left jobs, said P. Anil Kumar, Director Youthworld Consulting.

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