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Court Nixes STEM Training Extension for Immigrants

Aug. 12, 2015, 4:00 AM

A 2008 regulation extending the optional practical training program allowing foreign students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees to work for up to 29 months post-graduation is invalid because it was issued without first allowing for public comment, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Aug. 12 (Wash. Alliance of Tech. Workers v. DHS, 2015 BL 258791, D.D.C., 1:14-cv-00529, 8/12/15).

Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reiterated her finding from November 2014 that the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers—a union representing U.S.-born STEM workers—has constitutional standing to bring...

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