Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Hopefully this bit of positive change makes its way into whatever immigration legislation the House and Senate eventually agree on this year.
If the Immigration Reform Act passes, the means to bring and keep foreign scientists and engineers in the U.S. -- the H-1B visa -- would increase (from its 65,000 limit to 115,000) and eliminate caps for advanced-degree holders.
That's what I call a very good start.
Beyond raising the cap on H-1B visas, he [John Margburger, Science Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy] also believes the current immigration policy needs reworking. Applicants should not be expected to return to their native countries after receiving their degrees. "We ought to be doing just the opposite," Marburger says.

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