Senator Proposes New Permanent Visa Quotas for Graduates of U.S. Schools

U.S. Politics Today
July 17, 2012

As controversial as many immigration issues have become in the U.S., most politicians and economists recognize the economic benefits of granting permanent residency to skilled workers. Immigration based on employment makes all the more sense when the visa recipient obtained an advanced degree at an American university and will bring technical skills to the economy.

Texas Senator John Cornyn recently proposed federal legislation that would allocate more than 50,000 permanent immigrant visas to foreign students who have obtained graduate degrees at American universities. The STAR Act (Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century) would focus on foreign students who have masters degrees or doctorates in engineering, science, mathematics or technology fields and already have job offers.

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