United States CapitolEach year, thousands of immigrants enter into the United States and most desire to remain in the country to eventually become U.S. citizens. Once an immigrant’s visa status has been approved the federal government, immigrants can be eligible to work within the U.S. However, if the Senate’s proposal eventually become law, this legislation, which is also known as the Start-up Act 2.0, would create two new visas to attract and keep immigrants in the U.S. if they work in specialized fields such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). According to government news sources, these fields are among the weakest in the national economy. Also, the government news sources report that some of the provisions of the STEM legislation include:

  • Creating a new visa for foreign students who receive graduate degrees from U.S. schools in science, technology, engineering, or math fields.
  • Foreigners could eventually obtain permanent residency as long as they remain active working in the so-called STEM fields for at least five years.
  •  STEM would create a new entrepreneur’s visa for 75,000 skilled legal immigrants a year who start a U.S. business, employ Americans, and invest or raise capital in the United States.

Although U.S. immigration policy is a hot national debate, with any luck at all the Senate’s measure to reform our country’s immigration laws is certainly a step in the right direction. Contrary to popular belief there are thousands of hardworking foreigners who contribute to our national economy and since there is a strong global competitive environment, our country will remain a strong global competitor because we will be able to keep these individuals in America where they have received the specialized training, as opposed to them returning to their native countries. To learn more about the Senate’s proposal click here