International Students Set to Face New Obstacles After Graduation
DoWon Kim, O’Colly Staff Reporter
When international students graduate from Oklahoma State University next weekend, they'll face their first professional career under President Donald Trump administration’s immigration reform.
Mostly, international graduates choose optional practical training after they graduate. Optional practical training allows international students temporary employment for a year. After that, the company sponsors graduates who are given an offer from the company the visa to continue their work, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
At OSU last year, 597 international students – 213 of whom are undergraduates, 307 of whom are graduates and 77 of whom are doctorates – earned their degree, according to the OSU student profile. Among them, 559 of international graduates are on optional practical training, according to the OSU International Student and Scholars.
But, since the Trump administration reformed immigration law regarding visa issuing, the future job candidates are uncertain if they can continue their jobs.