A CRS report shows that the number of full-time STEM graduate students increased from 91,150 in 1990 to 148,923 in 2009, taking approximately 32.7% of StEM graduate students. The statistics reflect, according to the report, that graduate enrollments in engineering fields have exhibited the most growth of the STEM fields in recent years.
graduate degrees were awarded to foreign STEM students in 2009,
with 10,000 of those going to Ph.D. recipients. In FY2010, almost
91,000 H-1B workers were employed in computer-related occupations,
taking up 47% of all H-1B beneficiaries.
The study also reports
that in total, foreign nationals reporting STEM occupations made
up 44% of all of the 676,642 LPRs who were employment-based principal
immigrants during the decade of FY2000- FY2009 and of all of
the LPRs reporting STEM occupations (297,668) over this decade,
52% entered as professional and skilled workers.
STEM graduates seeking
LPR status are likely to wait in line to obtain LPR status. Please
read this in-depth report and analysis of STEM foreigners in the U.S., including