• House Expected to Take Up STEM Visa Bill
  • ED Releases Report on International Education
  • House Expected to Take Up STEM Visa Bill

Sources are reporting that a new version of the STEM Jobs Act, a previous version of which was defeated under “suspension of the rules” earlier this fall, will be brought up for another vote under a different rule next Friday.  The bill, introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will likely have four significant changes from the original version:

  1. Removal of the provision excluding from participation students from universities that utilize commission based international recruiters
  2. Removal of the five-year work in the U.S. requirement
  3. Addition of a four-year roll-over of unused visas in the EB-6 and -7 categories
  4. Addition of a provision to allow children and spouses of the main beneficiary to remain in the United States while waiting for legal status

It is A۰P۰L۰U’s current understanding that the bill does not yet signify an agreement between Chairman Smith and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the cosponsor of a similar bill in the Senate, so further action in the lame-duck session is unclear.

  • ED Releases Report on International Education Strategy

Earlier this month, the Department of Education released a report detailing its international education strategy for 2012-2016.  The report highlights four key objectives:

  1. Increase global competencies
  2. Learn from other countries
  3. Engage in education diplomacy
  4. Integrate and coordinate activities and programs