A bill has been tabled in the US House of Representatives that intends to exempt the overseas immigrants who have secured a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Engineering, Technology or Science in the US from the ceiling of the H1-B visas and job based green cards that are offered every year.
The US Congress members Mike Quigley and Erik Paulsen have introduced the bill titled ‘Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy Act’. This bill is expected to be of much benefit to the Indians as they are the largest group of students pursuing Doctoral studies in the US, quotes the Indian Express.
US Congress member Erik Paulsen said that given that most talented individuals arrive at the US from all across the globe for their advanced studies, all efforts must be made to ensure those students who gain the Doctoral degrees in the US must be retained here to avail their contribution the US society.
Paulsen elaborated that thousands of high skilled jobs are vacant in the US and this act will ensure that US firms receive the much-needed talents. By retaining the overseas talents through the H1-B visa or the green card the growth of the US economy will be accentuated through their discoveries and innovations, explained Paulsen.
US Congress Member Quigley said that in order to stay competitive in the global market, increase economic activity and foster innovation, the US must promote the most brilliant global minds to pursue their studies, be employed and reside in the US. The annual ceiling of the H1-B visas is a big hurdle to cater to the vacancies in the high skilled jobs, added Quigley.
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