Visa Mill Terminated, but OPT Subsidies to Hire Aliens Persist for Years

Published: 11/14/2017


One of the generally unknown elements of the OPT program, which gives employers federal subsidies for hiring alien college grads rather than citizen grads, is that these subsidies can linger for years even after the educational institution that created them has been terminated for malpractice of education.

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The full name of the program is misleading: It is the Optional Practical Training program for foreign alumni, but it involves no training and hands out a 7.65 percent (of wages) subsidy or tax break to employers hiring the alien alumni rather than Americans, and to the alumni workers as well. The program has no direct congressional authorization and exists only because the Trump administration, like the Obama administration before it, is keeping it alive.

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