September 17, 2012
Republicans are pushing for a new kind of immigration STEM visa that will allow recent foreign graduates in such fields who graduated from American universities to gain a green card.
The proposal is being pushed to a vote two days before Congress goes out of session this week. Rep. Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Chairman, a vocal critic of expanding immigration options for undocumented persons is the lead sponsor on the legislation.
The bill would increase the number of visas for foreign graduates who have doctorates in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines to 50,000 a year. In the past ten years “growth in STEM jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs, and STEM jobs are expected to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade,” according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA).