House to vote on increasing advanced-degree visasPublished: Nov 30, 2012 11:00 am By: Associated Press
"The STEM Jobs Act - named for the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — was headed for passage in the Republican-led House, but it was unlikely to be taken up in the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Obama White House opposes it.
The main point of contention is that the bill would offset the 55,000 permanent residency visas to be offered to graduates of masters and doctorate programs in the STEM fields by eliminating the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which makes visas available to people from countries with traditionally low rates of immigration. About half of those visas go to Africa nations. Democrats said this "zero sum game" on the number of visas granted was unacceptable."
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