(OPINION) Setting the Record Straight on Optional Practical Training

Attacks against Optional Practical Training (OPT) show opponents of immigration generally are also against admitting international students to the United States. To gain experience in a chosen specialty, international students can work on Optional Practical Training for 12 months, usually after graduation, or up to 36 months in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. International students, particularly in STEM fields, are among the most highly-sought potential immigrants in the world, and without OPT, America would almost certainly lose more international students to Canada and elsewhere.

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, July 21, 2021
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