Visa Crunch

The USCIS finally prioritizes OPT (Optional Practical Training) backlogs

International students informed the USCIS about the deferrals that were happening in late October at the lockbox in Dallas, prompting fears they would lose propositions for employment and would need to leave the US. A few candidates are as still dealing with huge deferrals, and partners have called for explanation on how USCIS will “recover from these accumulations”.  

“These deferrals are an after effect of Covid-19 limitations.” said USCIS in an explanation.  

The individuals who applied after October 1 2020 and up to May 1 2021 will actually want to begin the OPT program from the date their application is affirmed. USCIS will likewise favor applications with “legitimacy dates mirroring a similar measure of time”  

“We are extremely delighted and assuaged that USCIS has made a move,” Miriam Feldblum says. “The organization is tuning in and is attempting to fix the harm, and roll out certain improvements,” she adds. “Obviously, there is quite a lot more to do to soothe over the large amount of applicants, lift travel limitations, open up arrangements and, give more noteworthy adaptability in visa measures,” she says.  

NAFSA says they need to assemble an arrangement to deal with the large amount applications made by the earlier organization. “We comprehend there were impediments because of the need to shield laborers from Covid,” NAFS says.  

For certain students, the application dates have already passed and many have marked petitions requesting the applications to be shipped off to Dallas to be prepared. Their letter depicted the experience of holding up as “incredibly upsetting”.  

Another gathering of students in Ohio has likewise started legitimate procedures against USCIS. Their legal advisor blamed USCIS for “unlawfully delaying the opening, handling, and settling of applications” A critical number of understudies who experienced defers will be covered, says the attorney. Notwithstanding, it isn’t exactly known how many students lost their money because of the postponements. The quantity of individuals partaking in the OPT program has dramatically increased between 2009-10 and 2019-20. 

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