Almost 1.5 million international graduates obtained authorisation to remain and work in the US through the Optional Practical Training program between 2004 and 2016, with nearly three-quarters coming from Asia, a new report has revealed.
The number of international students in the US topped 1.18 million in May this year, SEVIS data shows. Nepalese students enrolments climbed 18% in the last year, a growth rate outstripping the 2% increase in total international student numbers.
International STEM graduates in the US will be able to gain an Optional Practical Training programme extension for 24 months from May, up from the current 17 month rule, following a consultation period that saw over 50,000 public comments received.
The 17-month extension of a year-long US post-study work programme for STEM graduates will stay in place until May 10, it was announced this week. The decision by Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle gives international educators in the US an extra three months to campaign for longer post-study work visas for STEM students.
Russia and India have agreed to establish a joint working group on education that will focus on building cooperation in VET, increasing bilateral student mobility, and to work towards mutual degree recognition, following Modi’s visit to Moscow last year.