A number of senators plan to create a bill that would make the American citizenship process easier and faster for foreigners who complete postgraduate degrees in any US university. The initiative is expected to complement President Obama’s current program to bring about immigration reform.
US Senators are planning to make immigration reforms, which include granting American citizenship to foreigners who complete postgraduate degrees in science, engineering, or math from any US university. A proposal from a bipartisan group of legislators will form a basis for a bill to be introduced in March. It is expected that the anticipated legislation would be ready for the president’s signing by year-end.
The initiative is an effort to attract and keep the best and brightest minds in the world. According to the senate framework, it would be more advantageous to educate and keep future innovators and entrepreneurs, who could possibly contribute to the US economy in the future. The idea is to supplement the country’s talent pool with scientists and programmers from India, China, Brazil, and other countries who complete locally offered postgraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
STEM Jobs Act
In 2012, STEM Jobs Act was reenacted in the Republican-controlled House. It aims to provide green cards to STEM graduates and to speed up the naturalization process for their families. The idea has logically earned support from businesses in the Silicon Valley and other corporate entities nationwide.
This potential legislative proposal is expected to gain wider support. It was unveiled prior to the presentation of President Barack Obama’s own immigration blueprint. The president seems determined to offer American citizenship to more than 11 million undocumented immigrants across the country.
Republican lawmakers are known for opposing the government’s immigration plans. However, such an anti-immigrant tone is expected to tone down after President Obama’s victory for reelection in 2012. According to political analysts, most Republicans now dread the possibility of a backlash in vote-rich communities where there are numerous Latinos and other immigrants.
However, Democrats assure that the government’s plan would not make citizenship much easier. Every undocumented immigrant would still be required to register and pass stricter tests. They would still be subjected to background check and would be ordered to pay penalties and back taxes before given the right to find probationary employment.
Applicants for citizenship would still be required to learn the English language and the basic of American history. It would still take several years before a green card is earned. Postgraduate degree earners of American STEM programs would enjoy the privilege of taking an easier process, but more can be expected from them.
According to analysts, the combined efforts by the senators and the White House could be the most notable attempt to boost immigration reform. The result is expected to be a success, in contrast with the failed attempt to improve immigration system in 2007 by the administration of former president George W. Bush.
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