Tech Persons Want the STEM Bill to be Passed so that the Green Cards May Get Allotted to STEM Graduates
A coalition of some of the major players in the tech world including Apple, IBM, HP, Microsoft and IEEE-USA are urging Lamar Smith, who is considered the gatekeeper for immigration bills in the House Judiciary Committee, to pass the bill that will provide green cards to STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) graduates.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is showing support for the legislation that, if passed, will grant green cards to persons holding advanced degrees in the STEM fields. Smith is willing to move the bill forward and in a statement last week said, “cannot afford to train these foreign graduates in the U.S. and then send them back home to work for our competitors.”
STEM graduates so far have been seeking the H-1B work visa to remain in the US after graduation. There have been efforts to get them to remain in the US permanently as green card holders. However, these efforts have not borne fruit due to the complications and the back and forth going on about the comprehensive immigration reforms in the United States.
Though details of the bill have not been made public there are certain details that have been confirmed. For example, permanent residency will be made possible for only those STEM graduates who have graduated in their fields by being physically present in the United States and attending universities here. It will not be possible for people earning online degrees in the STEM fields from US universities to claim eligibility for a green card.
The legislation will provide 55,000 green cards through this program. This number of green cards was being made available to eligible candidates through the green card lottery program. However, this program will now end and the visas will be made available to STEM graduates.
A lot of industries and companies got together and sent a letter to the House urging that there be bipartisan action on the bill. They wrote, “These are highly educated professionals who will create jobs wherever they settle, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere.”