The OPT stage is an important transitional stage for international students from student status to H-1B status. In particular, STEM students can enjoy three years of OPT. O1 visas (also known as o1签证) and h1b visas (also known as h1b签证) have become more difficult to apply in recent years. The h1b rfe rate and refusal rate have continued to rise. The h1b visa process (also known as h1b签证流程) is becoming more and more difficult, and the h4 visa for h1b spouses (also known as h1b配偶) is also limited. h4 job (also known as h4工作) opportunities. May be canceled. However, OPT is often opposed by Americans. Some people think that unemployment among US employees is related to the issuance of OPT: OPT students are “government-certified cheap laborers”; OPT employees who have higher wage flexibility and do not pay FICA tax will make Employers have a tendency to hire and have a negative impact on the employment of US employees.
Recently, a recent report from the National Political Foundation (NFAP) is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for those who support OPT. The report states that there is no evidence that OPT students have reduced employment opportunities for US employees. The report uses the STEM professional international student data for the last 9 years as the basis for the analysis.
This report not only refutes the view that “OPT and STEM OPT will affect the employment of American employees”, but also interprets OPT in terms of social impact, and believes that OPT is an important way for the United States to attract and retain foreign talents. Economic growth has an indispensable role. If the US government believes that OPT will affect the employment rate of local employees and cancel the STEM OPT, it will cause damage to the overall social development and economic growth of the United States.
The findings from the report are very important because the supervision of foreigners has continued to strengthen since President Trump took office. As early as 2017, there was news that the Trump administration intended to cancel the STEM OPT. With the implementation of Trump’s “Buy American, Americans” policy, the US government’s attitude towards foreign students and employees is becoming less and less friendly. Foreign students provide huge income for American education. According to statistics from the National Association of International Education Workers (NAFSA), more than 1 million international students studying in American universities contributed $39 billion to the US economy in the 2017-2018 school year.