Widespread reports of work permit delays for foreign students in US

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • Processing of work authorisations for foreign graduates who plan to stay and work in the US through the Optional Practical Training programme has been significantly delayed this year
  • In previous years, applications were generally processed within 90 days, but this year some files have been delayed for up to five months or more
  • The backlog is causing widespread concern among students and educators, and US government officials have said they have a plan in place to return to more typical processing times

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