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International Students in America Can now Work at Client Site for OPT

STEM OPT Students Can Work At Clients Sites

The US immigration authority, USCIS had announced earlier that students who were working under the OPT or Optional Practical Training Program, could not be allowed to work at Customer sites.

In a move that is expected to bring cheer to students from many countries including India, the immigration authority has back tracked on the earlier degree and is now easing the rules to enable students who are pursuing courses in STEM to work at customer sites.

The USCIS however made it clear that the students will need to maintain proper employer-employee relationship in order to work.

Features Of STEM-OPT

  1. The STEM OPT allows students who study abroad in USA in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields to undergo training from employers in USA
  2. The training can be undergone for a stipend after completing nine months in the course
  3. OPT allows you to work for a period of 12 months after you complete your course without having to apply for a working visa
  4. The job taken up while working under OPT should be related to the field of study
  5. The student should be able to prove that there exists a genuine employer employee relationship with his employer and that he is not providing labor for hire
  6. Students can avail of the right to work under OPT for 12 months for each of the levels of study they complete. For example a student can work for 12 months after graduation and then go on to take up a post-graduation course and work for another 12 months after completing that

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Changes To OPT Rules For Foreign Students In USA

There have been a spate of changes recently for both work and student related visas in USA. The USCIS has combined the change in rule which stated that students would not be allowed to work at client sites.

This rule when taken in conjunction with USAs strict policy towards unlawful presence had raised concern among many overseas education consultants servicing USA, who were inundated with questions from students. The students who were unwittingly working for clients faced the danger of being debarred for 10 years for no fault of theirs.

The rules that were earlier established were as follows Staffing and employment agencies can employ students under the OPT program

  1. The student can work at the employment agencies own place of business
  2. The agency should take care to not contract students out to work for a customer
  3. The training for the students taking the OPT program should be provided by the employer who signs the I-983 form

However owing to a backlash from Immigration attorneys, especially with reference to the It industry in USA the USCIS has changed its website to reflect the following change for OPT program viz  students who meet all training obligations and maintain a genuine employer-employee relationship with their employers can undergo training at a third party site who is connected to the employer.

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The move is likely to benefit students who are looking for a career in the IT industry as they are more likely to be working at client sites The move is a positive one for students from India who can now work freely at client sites.

To know more about this policy gets in touch with Global Tree, the most effective overseas education consultant in India. OPT paves the way for students to obtain USA immigration as it allows them to stay for a period of up to 25 months after completion of their course without applying for a work visa.

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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