Proposed changes to us immigration policy

The United States of America is planning to implement several changes to its immigration policies, which

would involve changes in the F-1 and H-1B visas, to allow a greater intake of workforce from foreign countries. This would be greatly beneficial to professionals from other nations.

Some of the important changes would involve:

• Authorizing of work permits for the spouses of selected H-1B visa holders,

• Providing a seventeen month extension of Optical Practical Training(OPT) for international students to include students that have acquired a prior degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

• Allow for part-time study for spouses of F-1 holders,

• Exceptional professors and researchers will be given the opportunity to present a deeper analysis and define the proof of academic achievement.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently revealed, that it would launch ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence’ on February the 22nd, in Silicon Valley, inaugurated with an information summit constituting of top representatives from the corporate world, educational institutions and government agencies, with the topic of discussion being on how to optimize the immigration laws so as to attract prospective and enterprising entrepreneurs from foreign countries.

The department added that this effort was in response to President Obama’s concern for the US’s inept immigration policies, and their ability to maintain a balance of national security and economic needs.

President Obama has given his full backing to legislative measures that might entice and hold on to immigrants who will bring with them a healthy competitiveness and help provide employment opportunities to the local population. These reforms would involve:

• Creating a “Startup Visa”,

• Providing valuable additions to the H-1B programme,

• Issuance of green card on graduation from certain programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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