Tag: STEM

Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

Written by on August 14, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

This week, a federal district court issued a decision in Washtech (Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. DHS), a lawsuit brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States. The court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

Written by on August 3, 2015 in Visas with 0 Comments
The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

There is no denying that the granting of H-1B visas for highly skilled professionals from abroad is a politically charged topic. However, the recurring controversies over H-1Bs should not obscure a well-documented fact about H-1B workers: on average, they tend to create jobs and give a wage boost to native-born workers. This is because H-1Bs […]

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Iranian-American Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling with Math Prize

Written by on August 21, 2014 in Employment, Integration with 0 Comments
Iranian-American Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling with Math Prize

The Fields Medal is frequently called the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics, and since it was first awarded in 1936, 16 of the 28 honorees affiliated with United States institutions were foreign-born, including two of the medals awarded last week. But before last week, a woman had never won the honor. Maryan Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born Stanford […]

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High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Despite the soaring demand there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available each year for high-skilled workers. And as a new report explains, these foreign workers who often work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are helping to boost the wages of native born workers without taking away jobs. In the report published by […]

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The U.S. Economy Still Needs High-Skilled Immigrant Workers

Written by on December 7, 2012 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Reform, Visas with 0 Comments
The U.S. Economy Still Needs High-Skilled Immigrant Workers

With the U.S. economy in the midst of a prolonged slump, it’s hard to believe that a labor shortage exists anywhere in the country. But that is precisely the case when it comes to the high-tech industries which depend upon highly skilled scientists and engineers. The United States has long faced a dilemma in this […]

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This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

This Week’s Immigration Proposals: Old News, Old Ideas

If you follow immigration, but are returning from a month-long, news-free vacation, there’s only one conclusion you would draw from the legislation Republicans offered up this week in Congress:  Mitt Romney must have won the presidential election.  After all, the ACHIEVE Act, introduced yesterday by retiring Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), […]

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STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

STEM Bill Still Plagued by Politics

In 2010, the lame duck session of Congress was dominated by debate over the DREAM Act, which passed the House of Representatives before succumbing to a conservative-led filibuster in the Senate. Congress will again tackle a significant immigration measure during the current lame duck session, with the House expected to vote on Friday on a […]

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Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year – And That’s Just the Beginning

Written by on November 20, 2012 in Business, Economics, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Reform, Students, Visas with 2 Comments
Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year – And That’s Just the Beginning

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many foreign students go […]

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5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

5 Ways DACA Renews the Conversation on Immigration Reform

There’s no doubt that recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative is the biggest thing to happen in immigration law in many years. While most of the attention is currently focused on how to make it work, how to apply and how to work out the kinks, it’s important to take […]

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New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

Who uses H-1Bs and for what types of jobs is a topic of constant debate in Congress and in communities across the country.  The Brookings Institute recently released a new report mapping H-1B workers in the U.S which addresses some of these questions and sheds new light on the topic. The H-1B program allows employers […]

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