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US Considering to Allow STEM Students Stay on for 6 Years More

(141113) -- NAY PYI TAW, Nov. 13, 2014 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Nov. 13, 2014. The 2nd  ASEAN-U.S. Summit was held here on Thursday. (Xinhua/Liu Yun)

(141113) — NAY PYI TAW, Nov. 13, 2014 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Nov. 13, 2014. The 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit was held here on Thursday. (Xinhua/Liu Yun)

As part of its relaxation of immigration rules, the Obama administration has moved to let international students to stay on for six years in the United States looking for jobs or vocations.

The proposal, if approved, will benefit lakhs of Indian students from India who frequent the US for higher education but the local American citizens may resent it in the midst of less job opportunities already affecting them.

The controversy over the US Labor Department opening probe against Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for alleged violation of visa rules to send its guest workers from home replacing Edison workers in Southern California and Disneyworld.

The Obama administration is bent upon inviting Indian students and retaining them beyond in view of the cruching talents among the American graduates in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – stream.

Aimed at STEM students, the new policy will allow them stay on in the US for a total of six years under the Optional Training Program (OPT), which will be for 3 years initially and extendable by another 3 years, making them benefit the same way as the H1-B visa guest workers.

Currently, the OPT is only for one year to 29 months, depending on non-STEM and STEM stream students.

Chuck Grassley, US lawmaker has lashed at the policy revision that is increasingly helping Indians in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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