Republicans Work to Expand Visas for Foreign Tech Grads

September 16, 2012

GOP leaders are readying a bill by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would steer more visas to foreign graduates of U.S. universities — and laying the groundwork for a floor vote this week by urging the sector to help them push for passage.

The bill would eliminate the diversity visa lottery program and reallocate many of those visas to foreign graduates with masters and doctorates in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, mathematics — from qualifying U.S. universities, according to a congressional aide.

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