The United States has added 22 specialties to the vocational training program for foreign students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics “to support economic growth and innovation,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday.
Called Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM, this program allows students with bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in certain fields of study to stay in the United States for up to 36 months to work in their specialty.
“STEM innovation allows us to solve the complex challenges we face today and make a difference in the way we ensure security and protect our country,” said Alejandro Meyerkas, Secretary of Homeland Security.
The 22 new areas of study include bioenergy, forestry, forestry resource production and management, human-centered technology design, cloud computing, anthrozoology, climate science, earth system science, economics and computer science, environmental geology, geobiology, geography and the environment. Are included. studies, mathematical and mathematical economics, and atmospheric science.
These “long overdue immigration decisions will have a positive economic impact and help the United States compete more effectively in the 21st century, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and also help the country during the current labor shortage.” would benefit.” “Unprecedented,” reacted Jeremy Robbins, director of the American Council on Immigration.
The United States has been facing labor shortages for months, particularly for low-wage jobs, in the context of a pandemic that has increased pensions and a phenomenon known as the Great Layoff, when Employees change jobs in search of better conditions.
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