A New Immigration Policy Is Preventing Foreign Students from Using Their Skills in the US

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A New Immigration Policy Is Preventing Foreign Students from Using Their Skills in the US


Dunne, Erin, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Unemployment is down, the economy is growing and companies have a need for recently graduated skilled workers. Some of those recent hires are foreign students who have applied for H-1B visas. But now, thanks to a change in Trump’s immigration policy, they can’t start working. That’s bad for the economy, bad for the workers, and a terrible policy for the country.

Previously, recent graduates who had applied for an H1-B visa could stay in the country and start working. The new policy changes mean that those individuals can stay, but they can’t work — if they do, they could be barred from the U.S. long-term.

The problem with this is that staying in the U.S. without a job is really, really expensive.

It didn’t have to be this way. These workers had already applied for the visa, and those with expired student visas or recent tech graduates had been given an extension until Oct. 1 that meant they could keep working.

That deadline has passed without those applications being processed. Adding to the pain is the fact that the option of paying a little more for expedited processing has also been also been suspended by the Trump administration. …

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