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Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Economy, Venture |

Obama rejects reform that would allow graduate students in engineering and science to stay in the U.S.

Obama rejects reform that would allow graduate students in engineering and science to stay in the U.S.

(C) White House

The president, Barack Obama, opposes a reform driven by like Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, HP and Adobe would allow people studying and engineering graduate programs at universities across the country to get a almost automatically. The announcement comes just before the vote on the draft, to be held tomorrow.

With the reform, 55,000 visas would be granted to aliens who have obtained a Master’s degree or PhD in certain areas of science or technology in a U.S. college and choosing a job in the country. These visas would be given only after immigration officials could certify that no U.S. workers who can fill the position.

In return, it would eliminate another visa program known as “diversity”, which distributes the same amount of visas through a lottery system of almost 15 million participants, who have passed secondary education.

Obama’s refusal does not include a direct veto the project, but the signal suggests that Democrats, who control the Senate, will not vote in favor of it. According to the document issued by the White House, not against the idea but feel that the project is thought to be closely and “does not fit with the long term goals of the president regarding comprehensive immigration reform.”

The elimination of the “diversity visa” seems to be the main obstacle, although many argue that it’s better to have highly educated immigrants in the country, rather than people who win a lottery and could not be a contribution.

The project is supported by much of Silicon Valley, where many immigrants have helped form large companies. A study by Vivek Wadhwa Foundation, 52% of Valley startups were founded by immigrants.

Link: Silicon Valley opposes Obama on Immigration Reform FIRMS (CNET)

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