STEM Visa Bill Could Move Through the House This Week

A bill intended to increase the amount of visas given to foreign-born graduates of U.S. universities with advanced technical degrees could pass the full House chamber this week, National Journal reports.

Juliana Gruenwald writes the bill would assign up to 55,000 green cards per year year to foreign students who graduate from qualified U.S. schools with a doctorate or master’s degree in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Diversity Visa Program, which the bill would eliminate, currently assigns up to 55,000 green cards via a lottery to people from countries that send low numbers of immigrants to the U.S.

Jennifer Martinez of The Hill newspaper Smith’s bill failed to gather two-thirds of support needed to move through the chamber in the fall.

According to Martinez, the White House does not support the STEM Jobs Act and views it as an attempt to piecemeal immigration bills in lieu of tackling comprehensive immigration reform.

Trade groups representing  technology companies including Microsoft, Intel and Google support the bill, that report said.

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