Foster, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Keep STEM Graduates in America
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act to make certain advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree holders eligible for permanent resident status. The bill would allow certain graduates with advanced STEM degrees to remain in the United States following their graduation and would remove barriers for STEM-educated international graduates who want to work in the United States.
“We must expand America’s STEM workforce to compete in the global economy,” said Congressman Foster. “Our country gives countless international STEM students world-class educations, only to turn them away when they want to stay in the United States after graduation and contribute their skills to our economy. Allowing these graduates to stay would help put our country on the cutting edge of scientific research and technological development and create good-paying American jobs along the way. I’m proud to work with Chairwoman Johnson on this important bill to build up our STEM workforce.”
“Data on the global STEM landscape consistently show that that our leadership is waning in critical areas of science and technology,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “To maintain leadership, we must invest more in developing domestic STEM talent. We must also do what it takes to remain competitive for international STEM talent. We cannot afford to step back from either effort. Other nations are stepping up their game, and U.S. prosperity, competitiveness, and national security are on the line. Visa restrictions and delays are a primary reason international STEM students give for why they pursue their studies outside the U.S.. The Keep STEM Talent Act is a small but important step in making the United States an attractive destination for the international STEM scholars we need.”
A copy of the bill is available here.
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