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President Obama gave more than a nod to the tech community in his highly anticipated speech on immigration Thursday evening.

As expected, the bulk of the address was related to unauthorized immigrants. But he promised to make it "easier and faster" for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to work in the U.S. after graduation.

[B]Spouses will be able to work[/B]

Under the current law, H-4 visa holders (the dependent visa for spouses of H-1B holders) aren't allowed to work. As anticipated, the executive order will reform this, allowing certain spouses who meet specific criteria to work (and subsequently pay taxes).

It will expand the options for foreign entrepreneurs to start businesses in the U.S.

[B]It will extend the existing Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.[/B]

This program lets foreign students work in the U.S. without a work visa for 12 months after graduation. And it's not the first time it's been revamped.

President George W. Bush expanded the program in 2008 for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workers from 12 months to 29 months. And in 2012, Obama expanded the definition of "STEM" to include additional fields of study like computer and information sciences.

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