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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ISSA BILL WOULD GRANT 55,000 GREEN CARDS TO US

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Encouraging. Darryl Issa, the powerful new GOP House Oversight Committee Chair, has introduced this bill in the past, but with the change in party control, he's got a lot more clout this time around. Issa is proposing replacing the green card lottery's annual green card allotment with a new green card category for US-educated graduates in the science, technology, math and engineering fields. Frankly, the lottery is a program that is always under attack and I'd rather see the program's numbers go to increasing either the family or employment categories. The antis have proposed in the past eliminating the program and not increasing the numbers in the other categories and this is obviously a much better alternative.


Here's how the Hill describes the measure:


House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would pave the way for up to 55,000 foreign graduate students at American universities to obtain a green card.


Tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have bemoaned the shortage of American students earning advanced degrees in math, engineering and science; half of all graduate students in those subjects at U.S. universities are foreign-born.


Issa's bill would make it easier for those graduate students to stay in the country after earning their degree by allowing up to 55,000 graduates holding advanced degrees from U.S. universities to earn green cards, provided they have found employment "in the sciences or medicine."

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  1. Rachel's Avatar
    I COMPLETELY support this idea! I am always amazed that foreign nationals can spend years getting a graduate education at public universities in the U.S. and then wind up leaving the country because the path to a green card is so difficult for them. It seems like such a waste of talent -- talent that tax-payers have invested in educating!

    My boyfriend has been living in the U.S. for over 10 years, got his PhD here, works for a public university, and is only now able to apply for his green card (because of his work visa). And he had to live all this time on a single-entry visa (as both a student and a worker). He almost gave up on getting a green card entirely. The barrier to green cards for the talented students we educate here in the U.S. is more than a little ridiculous, and the kind of change Issa has proposed would be very welcome by me!
  2. Jim's Avatar
    Just eliminating the diversity immigrant program and re-allocating the visas to more worthwhile categories is a very good start. Just don't know why it should be limited to only those who obtained their degrees in the US. I prefer that it goes to FB and EB categories as well. I see that it includes medicine w/c is good but since it did not specify a particular specialization and only vaguely said "will substantially benefit prospectively the national economy of the United States" then I presume it doesn't matter what specialization they end up with. Does the US really need more cosmetic/plastic surgeons and other lucrative specialities?

    The text of the legislations is too vague and too short. Makes me wonder if he is serious that he intends to pass this or is he open to several amendments to improve on it.

  3. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Jim, it's a good start having the 55,000 to be be allocated to US STEM grads. It would free up some squeeze on the EB 2 & 3 categories. But as the antis don't want an increase in visa numbers for EB & FB. They should work on visa recapture which is no brainer & excluding dependents from visa numbers on EB which would allow skilled workers to get their PD's soon.
  4. SG's Avatar
    What about students who already graduated with a Masters from US say last year. How will they benefit from this bill?
  5. gg's Avatar
    I think its time for Obama to step up to the plate and show some real leadership on immigration. Stirring the pot once a while and then taking backseat may be good strategy for re-election but is not leadership. Obama needs to completely take control of the immigration debate and thrash out a CIR solution.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    About time!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    I am also pretty sure that some clowns in the GOP would introduce a bill to reduce legal immigration...George Gekas used to do it in the 1990s. Tancredo used to introduce a bill to impose moratorium on immigration...all these bills will be introduced. Luckily or unluckily, both the good and the bad ones, will go nowhere.
  8. USC's Avatar
    "Makes me wonder if he is serious that he intends to pass this or is he open to several amendments to improve on it."

    "What about students who already graduated with a Masters from US say last year. How will they benefit from this bill?"

    "According to the text of the legislation, applicants must have earned a degree inside the U.S. within the previous five years and must have found a position that "will substantially benefit prospectively the national economy of the United States."

    If you are a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs you are in a postion to "substantially" benefit the national economy of the US of A, if you are a recent graduate you are unlikely to be in a position to do so. If Issa was sincere about this he would simply have said if you received a degree and had a job offer you could apply for these visas.
  9. Jack's Avatar
    "has introduced this bill in the past"

    Who opposed it back then?
  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    This is a good idea and the congress should support it.
  11. George Chell's Avatar
    "Who opposed it back then?"

    Nobody opposes it if the legislation is not taken up and it was not taken up!


  12. gg's Avatar
    former dreamer kbh not to see re-election ...

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/011411dntexhutchison.ae8333f3.html
  13. Linda's Avatar
    Now I wonder how can I benefit from this bill??????????????????????????

    I have graduated in a US university with a graduate degree in Pharmacy 5 years ago. Right after graduation at that time, I got a big pharmacy company sponsored me the working visa H-1B but unluckily my working visa was processed on the day the
    H-1B visa qouta was full. Then to avoid illegal stay in US, I decided to back home without choice.

    I have stayed in US for more than 10 years to finish several academic degrees with 2 States' Drivers' licenses and social security card and WITHOUT ANY CRIMINAL RECORD IN BOTH US AND ANY COUNTRIES IN THIS WORLD.

    Now I wonder how can I benefit from this bill??????????????????????????

    Personally I do think it is a very good idea to cancel the DV-lottery and give foreign students who have advanced degree in science and medicine to occupy this 55,000 annual quota. It is because US can retain the graduates they have spent money and time on training these professionals. Also, DV-lottery may invite some criminals to enter US for immigration but this policy can run a comprehensive background check to all those immigrated students before allowing them for immigration.

    However, to be FAIR for everyone who has US advanced degree in science and medicine, personally I do think to allow students/graduates enrolling online by "first come, first served basis" to fill this annual quota will be more fair than setting the rules allow students who have graduated in US or stayed in US for how many years or whether the students have job offer or not.

    It is because whether you have a job offer or which year you have graduated are still graduates in US university with science and medicine----you are still belonged to this group but just timeline differs from each other in graduation.
  14. Sze's Avatar
    I totally agree with what Linda said to allow those US graduates enroll online by "first come, first served basis" maybe much much more fair. It is because all are trained by US universities but differs in the date of graduation and the time of whether economy is good or bad to get jobs in US. Also, I do believe some of them wind up leaving the country due to different reasons or hardships. I do think the bill should be fair to take care all US STEM graduates both inside and outside US. Therefore, enorll online by first come and first served basis is very fair for the annual quota.

    Also, I do believe most of the STEM graduates are from wealthy middle-class and some of them have stayed in US for over 8 years and they have enough financial abilities to set up companies in US and they know the US surroundings very well. This will indirectly create the job opportunities and this may help the US economy. If they can get the green card through this policy, it will benefit the US economy by immediate uplifting the retail buying power by buying houses, cars, household appliances and international airline tickets. Also, they bring cash to US and US can benefit from those extra inflow of cash.
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