September 17, 2012
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is chair of the Senate’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee, is introducing his own STEM visa bill to challenge a similar Republican bill in the House.
Schumer’s bill, which is expected to be announced Tuesday, will provide 55,000 green cards for foreign students who graduate with advance degrees in the so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In that one respect it’s similar to the House bill that U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is introducing. Smith’s bill, the STEM Jobs Act, may be brought up for a vote on Thursday.