Tech Workers Fight Student Visa OPT Ruling In DC Circ.

By Matthew Bultman (December 22, 2015, 5:24 PM EST) -- Technology workers fighting the extension of optional practical training for certain foreign students launched the opening salvo in their appeal to the D.C. Circuit on Monday, arguing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has effectively created a "rogue guestworker program."

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers is seeking review of an Aug. 12 order from U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. The opinion vacated a 2008 rule extending the OPT period for foreign students with science and math-related degrees by 17 months, but allowed the DHS to reissue the regulation through the "notice and comment" process.

In its opening brief to the appeals court,...

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