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Immigrants Have Patent on Patents

July 2, 2012
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A new Partnership for a New American Economy study found that immigrants received more than three out of four patents coming from ten leading universities in 2011. Nearly all the patents were in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. These fields are crucial to job growth in the nation.

The study went on to say that after training and graduation, many immigrants face great problems trying to stay in the United States and are often forced to leave the country.

Other nations are recruiting them.

The Partnership wants to makes it easier for foreign-born STEM graduates and entrepreneurs to stay in the United States.

Those who oppose immigration say what is best for employers is not always best for American workers looking for jobs. They believe there is a domestic work force with the same skills.

Foreign-born students are allowed to stay in the United States for 12 to 29 months after graduation if they can find a job or internship in their field. Permanent visas are difficult to obtain after that, due to factors such as restrictive quotas that vary by country. For example, China and Iceland have the same number of visas.

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