IEEE-KC Electronic NL, 20 SEP 2012
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|Message to IEEE-USA Student Leaders|
There is exciting news from Washington, DC. After years of work, IEEE-USA has
confirmed that the U.S. House of Representatives intends to vote on a STEM Visa
bill next week.
The bill will create 55,000 new EB green cards for international students who earn a Masters or PhD in a STEM field from a university in the U.S. If it becomes law, the bill will allow international STEM students, and their dependents, to move quickly from their student visa to an American green card within one year of earning their degree. The bill is being championed by Republicans, but has strong support from Democrats as well.
This is a game-changer for the American economy. The STEM Visa bill will make it much easier and much faster for top engineering graduates in the United States to become American citizens. Graduates will be able to fully participate in the American economy shortly after earning their degrees, including being able to start their own companies. Better yet, they would be able to skip the H-1B visa entirely, thereby avoiding the abuses caused by that temporary visa program. The STEM Visa bill will have a direct and positive impact on thousands of IEEE student members, and will indirectly improve the careers of IEEE members across our economy.
While the bill is popular, its prospects are uncertain. The legislative year is almost over, so we don't have much time to get the bill passed. Moreover, the bill is wrapped up in the politics of immigration reform, which make all immigration bills hard to pass.
ComputerWorld has more information on the politics behind this bill here: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9231276/Republicans_ready_STEM_Jobs_Act
IEEE-USA requests that you let IEEE members at your school know about this bill. Members who support creating a STEM Visa should immediately contact their legislators in Congress.
More information and legislator contact information can be found at www.ieeeusa.org/policy/lac. Questions about the STEM Visa bill can be directed to IEEE-USA staffer Russ Harrison at email@example.com.
Russell T. Harrison Senior Legislative Representative - Grassroots Affairs IEEE-USA (202) 530-8326
|Thought for the Day|
|Think about what you eat. Do you give your brain the right fuel?|
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