Saturday, March 16, 2013

H.R. 1227: Green Card Bill For STEM Ph.D. Degree Earner Introduced in the House

Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy Act (STAPLE Act) which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, mathematics, or engineering from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually

Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-10) and John Delany (MD-06) joined Rep. Paulsen and Rep. Quigley as original co-sponsors of the legislation.

“Approximately 36% of all international students in the U.S. were in STEM fields, yet, we send an estimated 50,000 educated workers out of the country every year because of visa caps. These highly educated students take their talents back home to compete against us in the global marketplace and other countries reap the benefits of their education,” said Andy Halataei, Director of Government Relations at the Information Technology Industry Council. “The Staple Act would stop our domestic brain drain by keeping our most vital resource – highly educated STEM students here in the US to innovate and grow our economy.”

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