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After H-1B visa, OPT programme may be on the radar

Any change will impact job prospects of more than 2.5 lakh Indian graduates in the US.

May 01, 2020 / 02:17 PM IST

After H-1B, it could be optional practical training (OPT) that could be the next visa that could be targeted to address unemployment issues. This will have direct implication on the Indian students pursuing higher studies in the country.

According to media reports, the Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf has said that the organisation is reviewing temporary visa workers programme including curbs on H-1B and OPT as per the executive order American President Donald Trump signed recently. The concern about OPT was directed towards Chinese students using it to settle in the country.

The execution order suspended immigration for 60 days and mandated review of temporary worker visa policy in a bid to address rising unemployment issue in the US due to COVID-19. There are about 26 million Americans who are unemployed.

What is OPT?