May 24, 2013
by U-T San Diego

Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista on Thursday helped introduce a bill that would grant up to 55,000 green cards each year to qualified foreign-born students who have earned advanced degrees in science, technology, mathematics and engineering in the United States.

The legislation also would boost — from 65,000 to 155,000 — the annual number of visas issued to high-skilled workers from abroad.

Issa joined fellow Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia in introducing the measure in the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation is called the SKILLS Visa Act, short for the Supplying Knowledge-Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act.

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