January 21st, 2011 by Eric J. Ramos
IN THIS ISSUE:
As The Sun Rises Over Tucson
Surge Of Cubans Wanting To Reunite With Family In The United States
The USCIS Announces New Countries Eligible In The H-2A And H-2B Programs
The Faces Of U.S. Immigrants – Cary Grant
Recipes from the Melting Pot
Will The Green Card Lottery Go Away?
Opponents of the Green Card Lottery have always sought its elimination and the 55,000 visas it provides. But something has recently changed. United States Representative, Darryl Issa (R-CA), the new House Oversight Committee Chair, introduced bill H.R. 43 on January 5, 2011 that seeks to replace the Green Card Lottery with a new Employment-Based Green Card category that would provide 55,000 visas.
This bill would provide visas for foreign-born graduate students who obtained a science or medical degree from a U.S. university and whose services are sought by United States employer. The National Science Foundation has data hat show that 40% of all doctorate degree holders in science and engineering occupations in the U.S. were born abroad. If this bill is enacted, it would enable up to 55,000 of these students to stay in this country after earning their degree, obtain a green card and contribute to our economy.