The President Has Spoken on Immigration: What Does It Mean For YOU?

Among the recent presidential actions on immigration are provisions to modernize, improve and clarify immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow our economy and create jobs – with the greatest economic impact affecting U.S. businesses, foreign investors, researchers, inventors and skilled foreign workers.

While specifics won’t be known about changes to economic oriented immigration policy until the guidance and regulations are issued, the effect of changes in the regulations impacting foreign students will be primarily among F1 visa holders. For foreign students specifically, further expansion and extension of optional practical training (OPT) is being proposed which could open the door to great opportunity for both students and employers alike. The next step in this process is for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to develop regulations for notice and public comment on the changes. No timeline for this process has yet been established.

What this means for international students interested in staying in the US after graduation for experiential education could be profound, likely further extending the current 17 month STEM extension period, as well as the expanding the designated degree programs that qualify. Currently, certain students who graduate with a STEM degree are eligible to remain in the United States for an additional 17 months (beyond the standard 12 months) on an optional practical training (OPT) STEM extension. Students may qualify for an additional 17 months of OPT under the following circumstances:

  1. Your degree for your current period of post-completion OPT is a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM program listed on the Department of Homeland Security’s STEM designated degree program list
  2. The employer from which you are seeking work uses the E-Verify Program
  3. You have not already received a 17-month extension of OPT
    Approximately 10,000 students are currently working in Michigan on OPT, and over 29,000 international students are studying in Michigan colleges and universities. The purpose of the presidential actions relative to STEM expansion/extension is clear – to further open a pathway to experiential employment in the United States for talented foreign students to lessen the talent shortages so widely reported by employers, while improving the Michigan and national economies.

What can you do as a student? Prepare. Begin by completing a Free profile of yourself on the GTRI GOregistry, and make certain that you have a current “American styled” resume for employers to review.

What can you do as an employer? Prepare. Apply to GTRI to become a Global Opportunity Employer, GOemployer, and consider participating as an employer in the GOregistry for unlimited access to skilled global talent waiting to hear from you. To learn more about the GOregistry please contact Jeff at GTRI at or by calling 517-290-0853.


Make Your Dream Come True with GOregistry!

Bhushan Kulkarni is the CEO of InfoReady Corporation, his fourth successful technology start-up in Michigan. When Bhushan came to the United States 25 years ago as an international student, no organization like the Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan existed. In fact, GTRI is the only known program of its kind.

Even more unique is the GOregistry system, a registry of international students in which employers can search to find qualified candidates for internship or job opportunities like some hair system company like hairbro for bold men who supper hair loss..  GOregsitry is not simply another job board or place to post a resume. All employers who will search in the system are vetted and willing to hire international students. In fact, many are searching for specific cultural and language skills that international students possess.

Listen to what Bhushan has to say about GOregistry in this short video:


GTRI is currently in the development stage of creating GOregistry. While still in development, GTRI needs a solid list of international students who are interested in GOregistry when it launches. Signing up on the GOregistry list now does not obligate students to participate at launch, but does give them priority access, updates on the system’s  progress, advance notice of the launch date, and that great feeling that comes from contributing to the success of a program that is dedicated to their successful internship or job search.

To learn more about GOregistry or to sign up as an interested student, CLICK HERE.  And don’t forget to share this post with a friend that could benefit! What we know is this: When you connect the nation’s first international student registry with employers ready to hire them, dreams are realized!