H.R.1791 - STAPLE Act

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence and to be exempted from the numerical limitations on H-1B nonimmigrants. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence and to be exempted from the numerical limitations on H-1B nonimmigrants. as introduced.
  • Short: STAPLE Act as introduced.
  • Short: Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s From Leaving the Economy Act of 2009 as introduced.

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sgt_pepper 06/04/2009 9:00am

This is going to be highly beneficial to America..the numbers in favor of passing the bill are staggering..the # of patents, publications, and faculty that the highly skilled immigrant community contributes to, on a yearly basis, is indicative of their impact on our technology / economy..If USA needs to stay ahead of the pack, this is a key piece of legislation that needs to happen, and happen quickly…

nothing85 06/24/2009 11:50pm

can’t aggree more. Just look at how many foreign PhDs are in US high-tech companies.

omniverser 02/20/2010 10:53pm

Knowledge is the source of progress. This bill not only contributes to the economy, it may also be the reason for technological advancements in the future. Why not?

mr00us 08/04/2009 6:10am
in reply to EricSmith1900 Jul 15, 2009 9:57pm

Here are some facts.
1. We, the USA has (atleast till date) an edge because of it’s technological advancements and PhDs add to that advancements. If anyone thinks that a country can prosper without technology, we will be dragging ourselves behind. World is not waiting for us. Other countries are encouraging people with higher education to come to their countries.
2. 35000 yr is mostly for postdocs. This is just like saying physicians make 45000 yr just because intern physicians make that much. Will that be a correct statement?

sgt_pepper 08/05/2009 3:19pm

eric smith 1900

35K per year is a stipend…not a salary..

PhD graduates typically do a post doc before they move on to take up jobs in the academia and the industry…

at the tech firm where I work, we regularly hire PhDs who are both US nationals and foreign nationals..and a typical offer is upwards of USD 120K per year (without including annual bonuses and stock-options)

and debug,

you make advanced education seem like a joke..These individuals are willing to sacrifice 8-10 years to achieve excellence in their field..and they play a vital role in keeping this nation competitive..nobody is making a case against doing something similar for immigrants in the army…please try to stay on topic…

omniverser 02/20/2010 10:45pm
in reply to JJscon123 Jan 21, 2010 6:03am

Why?

omniverser 02/20/2010 10:42pm
in reply to debug Jul 15, 2009 8:27pm

So are you suggesting that America need more soldiers rather than professors?

JJscon123 01/21/2010 6:03am

Just one more reason to NOT go into science or engineering.

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