Thursday, April 9, 2009

US Congress Bill seeks direct 'Green card' to PhD holders

US Congress Bill seeks direct 'Green card' to PhD holders

In an effort to retain the best foreign talent in the country, a bill has been introduced in the US Congress, which if passed, would

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give direct "permanent residency" to overseas PhD students, including from India.

As such these foreign students would be exempted from applying for H-1B visas or other work visas to stay and work in the United States. However, not all PhD would be eligible for the popular "Green Card".

As per the bill introduced by Jeff Flake, Republican Congressman from Arizona, only those foreign nationals having completed PhDs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) would be eligible to directly apply.

If passed, the Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act (HR 1791), would end up benefiting the Indians and Chinese the most, as students from these two countries account for a majority of the PhD students in the United States.

The bill also say that such PhD holders be exempted from the numerical quota of H-1B visas.


Anonymous said...

Someone should STAPLE this stupid bill to Flake's forehead.

We already have a glut of unemployed PhDs in STEM fields. This will make it worse.

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