New OPT Rule Moots Tech Union's Claims, DHS Tells DC Circ.

By Matthew Bultman (March 15, 2016, 6:01 PM EDT) -- An ongoing fight in the D.C. Circuit over the optional practical training for foreign students will soon become moot, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told the court Monday, just days after it unveiled new regulations for the program.

The DHS has been locked in an appeal with the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, which attacked the optional practical training program and a 2008 rule extending the period of training for certain foreign students.

While the appeal has been playing out, the DHS finalized a replacement regulation, which it published on Friday. And once that rule takes effect in May, "it...

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