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U.S. House Passes STEM Visas Bill But Also Kills Green Card Lottery

By November 30, 2012

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The U.S. House passed an immigration visa bill Friday that will make more green cards available to students with degrees in science and math, but the STEM Jobs Act also eliminates the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, the so-called "green card lottery."

Republicans, trying to mend fences with Hispanics after losing 71% of their votes in the presidential election, pushed the STEM Jobs Act to approval in a 245-139 vote. Many of the opposing votes were Democrats who object to the elimination of the green card lottery, a measure that President Obama also opposes.

Obama favors a comprehensive immigration reform plan that will overhaul the U.S. system and also include a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

The bill that passed Friday calls for making 55,000 new permanent residency visas available to foreigners with advanced degrees in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). The bill is expected to go nowhere in Democratic-controlled Senate, where members favor keeping the diversity lottery and working on comprehensive reform.


December 2, 2012 at 11:06 am
(1) Kevin says:

Hope democrats vote the bill to stop diversity lottery program. Stop diversity lottery!!

December 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm
(2) Gozmuz says:

How does STEM Green card kill diversity ? Nothing stops people from under-represented countries to pursue higher ed. Most of research programs that lead to PhD are well funded and provide scholarships, so all the more benefit for even poor folks from under-represented countries to pursue PhD. US govt if really willing can even encourage under-represented folks to study and get Green card. Now, I understand that currently majority of foreign PhDs are either Chinese or Indian nationals. So did they do something wrong by choosing the path of education towards prosperity OR should they have jumped the fence in Arizona from Mexican side and worked at McDonals to get better rewarded in America?

February 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(3) LK says:

I actually somewhat agree with Gozmuz – this new rule, if implemented, is still diversity. I kind of feel that it is unfair to extend the diversity green card program to most countries(not all) anf those countries’ residents come here and live-off the governement(medicare, unemployment benefits etc) and we legal hard-working aliens pay non-resident tuition and struggle hard for a master’s or doctoral degree and get nothing back from the country. Infact, we even get asked questions such as ” will you return back to your home country” etc during our F-1 visa interview. SAD!

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