OPT & H1B for You & Me
Recently, there have been calls to suspend the OPT and H-1B programs and it is rumored that the White House will soon take action. On May 7th, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a joint letter to the White House which included a proposal to suspend the H-1B Visa and Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs for one year because of the current COVID-19 crisis. The rationale provided for suspending the programs is that they will have “taken jobs that would otherwise go to unemployed Americans”.
NAGPS strongly opposes the recommendations made in the Senators’ and urges the White House and the Congress to continue to support the OPT and H-1B programs for the following reasons:
- The OPT and H-1B programs create jobs for American workers and strengthens the economy.
- OPT and H-1B workers will not be in competition with American workers in the job sectors most severely affected by COVID-19.
- Supporting the OPT and H-1B programs makes our colleges and universities stronger and more affordable for American students.
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Message Congress Day (June 3rd) Resources
The following resources provide you with the information you need to participate in #OPTandH1BforUandMe Message Congress Day event.