|House Passes STEM Jobs Act of 2012|
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On November 30, the House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429), 245-139. The STEM Jobs Act would eliminate the diversity lottery green card program and instead redistributed 55,000 green cards to foreign students who graduate from a US university with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in science (excluding biological and biomedical fields), technology, engineering, or mathematics, the so-called “STEM” fields. (more)
In March of 2012, the United States Mission to India unveiled the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) which allows some individuals to apply for certain classes of visas without being interviewed in person by a US consular officer. (more)
As covered by ILG’s series on the EB-5 program, the program’s popularity is resulting in a tremendous increase in EB-5 applicants. (more)
An outpouring of support from Hispanic voters helped usher President Obama to a resounding reelection win Tuesday, and immigration reformers say those dynamics have set the stage for a bipartisan reform deal next year. (more)