Extend deadline for international grads to apply for OPT

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Kunal Kanoi enrolled for Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in the US to pursue a career in the Energy sector. His class is graduating in May 2020 after 2 years of intensive coursework. As per US regulations, they need to secure a job offer by July 2020 to apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) and maintain a valid visa.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impeded his recruitment process. Kunal has reached out to 40+ companies, only to be informed that hiring is halted until the situation around COVID-19 improves.

3000+ US companies have reportedly frozen hiring, gravely affecting the graduating class of 2020. This has left half a million international students stranded. They have to secure a job offer in a very limited time and challenging circumstances - failing which their visa will no longer be valid. 

To support half a million talented international students like Kunal, Leap Finance is petitioning USCIS to extend the OPT application deadline to 180 days. 

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As a backer of meritorious international students, Leap Finance implores USCIS to change their policy and allow skilled international students a fair chance to fulfil their aspirations of a successful global career. Please join our petition so that millions of international students can get a fair chance at a brighter tomorrow. 

When 40,000 people sign up for this petition, Leap Finance will file a formal appeal with the USCIS.

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