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A New International Student Visa?

New legislation is designed to help international graduate students in science and engineering to remain in the US after graduation.

By | May 18, 2012

image: A New International Student Visa?

A new bill introduced to the Senate on Wednesday (May 16) will make it easier for international graduate students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to obtain jobs and become permanent residents after graduating. Known as the SMART Jobs Act, the bill proposes that foreign-born students are allowed to remain in the United States for a year after graduation, and, once employed full-time, undergo an expedited process to achieve permanent legal status.

“Many of the world’s most talented young people come to the United States to obtain their masters or doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math,” according to the bill, which is sponsored by Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander and Chris Coons, a Democrat of Delaware. “Too many of those students are then forced to leave the United States to pursue their ideas and innovations elsewhere because of an outdated immigration system that hasn’t adapted to the modern global economy.”

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Avatar of: RichardPatrock

RichardPatrock

Posts: 52

May 18, 2012

One thing that the bill should do is to disallow companies from being able to hold their foreign employees' visas and passports hostage.  The second would be to give them the same wages and benefits as American citizens.  Otherwise, this bill is just another way to squeeze overall wages by depressing those at the top and forcing trickle-down to the rest of us.  It is the the perfect corporate sandwich with a layer of undocumented workers at the bottom and a lesser paid foreign layer at the top.

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Bill

Posts: 1457

May 18, 2012

This is completely insane!  Our universities are already pumping out more PhDs than we'll ever need.  And now our own gov't is going to INCREASE the competition for the few jobs available by allowing foreigners to stay more easily?  WTF?  How is this a good idea?

Avatar of: veedughar

veedughar

Posts: 1

May 18, 2012

It is not that many people, maybe a few thousand, and 99.99% of the time they are mainland Chinese or Indian. For these folks it can take from 5 -12 years. Everyone else from any other country can get their green card within 1-2 years.  
This is when the employers (Body-shoppers) can exploit. Strictly speaking, these employees have to stay in the same job for the entire duration their green card is in process because that was the job they stated in their paperwork. So employers get these very qualified folks who can't easily change jobs or companies. 

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Elizabeth Van Horn

Posts: 1457

May 18, 2012

@yahoo-AONN4NCRPJFR4H2BFADCW4WGO4:disqus
 Bill, the article clearly stated that the focus was on "science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)" post-grads.  Which is what the US needs, in order to stay competitive, in the world market and to advance.  One cannot exchange quantity for quality.  So, it does not matter how many PhDs we have, if they are not the ones in the critical areas (STEM), the US will fall behind in innovation and discovery.

So, yes, it is a good idea, and I'm happy to see bipartisan political cooperation towards a workable plan, that will help keep a fresh supply of critically needed minds in this country.

Avatar of: Echohawk

Echohawk

Posts: 4

May 19, 2012

Too often governments in their rush to fill perceived gaps in essential fields they do not seem to think of also increasing supporting systems like research and development funding . How does any government expect to stay competitive in todays markets of cutting edge technology, medicine etc  if they are not willing to sufficiently invest in funding research ?
This over sight has caused the predominate number of brilliant minds to be constantly standing with their hat in their hands asking for funding . Or being forced to spend an inordinate amount of valuable time filling out stacks of paper applying for research grants . That's a little demeaning don't you think ?
It would certainly turn me off of going into research because it just sets you up to having to work in an environment where you are not sure from one year to the next if you will get to complete your work .
Is the goal of the US government to force universities to start their own profit based research companies and where the private sector more or less dictates what gets researched ?
I am not saying that it doesn't have some merit but it is accompanied with some huge negatives that would be seriously impact and possibly cause some sciences to fade right out of existence in the US .

Avatar of: David Hill

David Hill

Posts: 1457

May 20, 2012

I thought we didn't have enough jobs for the people who live here today.  I know a lot of unemployed and underemployed Ph.D.s, and the Engineering graduates aren't very 'job secure' either.  People looking for cheap labor are always promoting the myth that there is a 'shortage of skilled personnel' in this country.  Even when citizens were being drafted in the Army and Marines during the Vietnam era, our state universities were busy recruiting graduate students and faculty with no military service obligations from overseas.  We live in a country that routinely cheats its own citizens, then proclaims that they are too stupid to be employed, hence need to be replaced with 'talented' people from other countries.  NATIONAL INSANITY

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Bill

Posts: 1457

May 20, 2012

 You could not be more incorrect.  We have WAY too many science and engineering PhDs.  Stop propagating the myth.  This is all industry driven garbage meant to bring in more cheap labor.  Stop falling for it!!!!!!!

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David Hill

Posts: 1457

May 20, 2012

 Bill, you are absolutely correct.  This has been going on for many years.  These people keep saying that Americans are not talented enough, so they need to import smart people from overseas to replace them.  One local Engineering company recently let 85% of its engineering staff go.  It's not hard to find over-educated people without jobs.  The question is, does anyone really believe these lies, and why are they continuously propagated by employers and the media?

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