NY Senator Charles E. Schumer recently introduced the “BRAINS Act” at New York General Assembly, which is intended to reform the U.S. visa system in order to encourage the world’s best and brightest to stay in America, according to JewishVoiceNY. The new act is aimed at fixing the NY tech industry’s shortage of highly qualified engineers.
The legislation proposes a pilot program through which 55,000 new green cards per-year will be available for foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields. There has been a long-existing problem in America’s visa system that forces many of the world’s smartest students to return to their country of origin after school.
“It makes no sense that America is educating the world’s smartest and most talented students and then, once they are at their full potential and mastered their craft, kicking them out the door,” said Schumer. “We should be encouraging every brilliant and well-educated immigrant to stay here, build a business here, create wealth here, employ people here, and grow our economy.”