Immigration Audits Of STEM Grad Work Program Stir Anxiety

By Suzanne Monyak (October 10, 2019, 8:52 PM EDT) -- Businesses have begun taking a closer look at their training programs for foreign math and science graduates as the Trump administration ramps up its scrutiny of employment visas for entry-level hires.

Attorneys say that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started random site inspections in July, and that these visits have picked up speed since then, targeting a work program known as optional practical training, or OPT. The training is geared toward recent graduates on F-1 student visas with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

An ICE spokesperson confirmed that the field visits are happening, but said the agency has been conducting...

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