December 01, 2012
by Financial Times

The US House of Representatives passed an immigration bill Friday to allow more foreigners with degrees in advanced science and technology programmes to stay in the US after graduation to help fill a shortage of highly skilled workers.

The legislation will probably face challenges in the Senate, however, and the Obama administration has voiced its opposition to part of the bill that would cut visas for other immigrants.

The bill has strong backing from Silicon Valley technology companies, who are engaged in a talent war, and from a broad coalition of US mayors and governors looking to the industry to create job growth.

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