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For Immediate Release
May 31, 2012

Grassley requests independent review of a program for foreign students to work in the U.S.

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley has asked the Government Accountability Office to assess the federal government’s management of the Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreign students to temporarily work in the United States in their major area of study for 12 to 29 months after completing their studies.

In a request made today, Grassley said an upward trend in use and little oversight of the program makes necessary an independent review of its effectiveness and security.

Grassley conducts congressional oversight of immigration programs from his position as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration policy.  The Government Accountability Office is the investigative arm of Congress.

Click here to see a pdf copy of Grassley's letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.