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OPT enrollments slow as labor market tightens

While the number of foreign college graduates in Florida who obtained temporary work visas through the optional practical training program, or OPT, grew in 2017, participation in the program has dramatically slowed. The decreased participation comes at a time when unemployment is also low, which might make it harder for some employers to find the workers that they need.

Families seeing reunification after detention to pay for tests

Recently, the United States has experienced a massive upheaval due to changes in immigration policy and enforcement. Specifically, national news outlets have drawn attention to the fact that the federal government is currently separating parents from minor children due to suspicion of illegal presence in the United States. Both the children and the parents wind up held in detention facilities, often for weeks or months.

Deportations of reunified families paused after judge's order

In a move that could help Florida families who were recently reunified, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to temporarily halt deportations for families who were separated at the Mexican border. More than 2,500 children between the ages of 5 and 17 were separated from their parents, and the federal government had begun an effort to reunite those families on the condition that the families would be deported together.

Sponsors taking in detained children face high costs

Florida is home to many immigrants, and many of them had to meet requirements set by U.S. immigration authorities. The family separation policy adopted by the Trump administration has resulted in the detention of many children. They can, in some cases, secure their release if a relative based in the United States will sponsor them. The process, however, requires rigorous background checks and substantial costs, including high fees for transportation and escorts.

Visas and overstays

Visas are only valid for a certain length of time. Foreign nationals in Florida whose visas have expired are generally considered to be the United States illegally. However, there are certain cases in which an overstay on their record will not have a negative impact on whether they will be allowed back into the country in the future, even if they incur penalties for their overstay.

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