Immigrant Students Must be Allowed to Remain in the US after Graduation

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The nonprofit group that was co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Partnership for a New American Economy, came up with a new study  showing that majority of the patented innovations at the country’s prime research schools are accredited to immigrant students. Top 10 universities that have produced the most patents in 2011 were taken as subjects of the study.

Patented Innovations of Immigrant Students

Immigrant students generated 76 percent of the patents created at the top 10 US universities, and 54 percent of those were ascribed to students, post-doctorate or staff researchers. Practically all of those novelties were in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

While there are many talented foreign innovators who are educated and trained in the US, they are constrained to leave the country after finishing their degree because of immigration issues and barriers. The skills and talent they have learned and acquired from a US university will instead thrive and become very useful to other nation’s economic development.

Desirable Immigrants should remain in the US

The pro-immigrant group stated that other countries are outperforming the United States in terms of accommodating immigrant graduates who are looking to establish their own businesses or engage in certain investments. It appears like the current immigration laws favor the immigrant graduates  who are  able to find a route to remain in the US by being sponsored by a company than those who plan to develop their inventions or put up businesses in the country.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated, “Now that we know immigrants are behind more than three of every four patents from leading universities, the federal laws that send so many of them back to their home countries look even more patently wrong.”

The political advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, John Fenblatt who is one of the group’s co-chairmen, said that

“immigrant investors create patents and patents create jobs. It’s as simple as that. We can’t afford to send them away, and need Washington to act now.”


The Current Immigration Law

Under the current immigration laws, unless a US company will sponsor foreign students, they cannot remain in the US after graduation. Employers are very cautious in hiring newly graduate foreign students because the allocation for green cards is limited, and the process involved is tough and costly.

The law allows immigrant students to remain in the country for 12 to 29 months from graduation provided that they take a job or find an internship in their discipline. It is difficult for them to change their status by applying for another type of visa because of the numerical cap.


New legislation favoring Immigrant Students

The pro-immigrant group, Partnership for a New American Economy is backing up a legislation that will make it uncomplicated and painless for Immigrant STEM graduates and entrepreneurs to process a change of status to remain in the United States after graduation.

Coming to New York?

If you are traveling to New York or like to enrol at some top US universities, by the time you graduate you could be one of the recipients of the generosity of a new immigration policy that may allow you to stay in the US after graduation to pursue your own business or develop your own innovations.

We at Niren and Associates have a team of experienced immigration attorneys who can help you on your immigration needs. We have assisted several foreign students in the past to achieve their dream of studying in one of the prestigious schools in the US.

Call us for the assessment of your case at  (212) 810-2976, or send your email to [email protected].

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