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Attracting the Best and Brightest Act of 2012

Attracting the Best and Brightest Act of 2012

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.....................................................................(Original Signature of Member)
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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for immigrant visas for certain advanced STEM graduates, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Ms. Z
OE
L
OFGREN
of California introduced the following bill; which wasreferred to the Committee on
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A BILL
 
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to providefor immigrant visas for certain advanced STEM grad- uates, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Attracting the Best
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and the Brightest Act of 2012’’.
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SEC. 2. IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR CERTAIN ADVANCED STEM
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GRADUATES.
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(a) A 
DVANCED
S
TEM
G
RADUATES
.—Section 203(b)
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of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C.
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1153(b)) is amended—
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(1) by redesignating paragraph (6) as para-
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graph (7); and
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(2) by inserting after paragraph (5) the fol-
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lowing:
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‘‘(6) A 
DVANCED GRADUATES IN SCIENCE
,
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TECHNOLOGY 
,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS
.—
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‘‘(A) I
N GENERAL
.—Notwithstanding sec-
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tion 201, visas shall be made available, in a
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number not to exceed 50,000, to qualified im-
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migrants who—
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‘‘(i) possess a graduate degree at the
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level of master’s or higher in a field of 
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science, technology, engineering, or mathe-
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matics from a United States research insti-
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tution of higher education;
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‘‘(ii) have an offer of employment
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from a United States employer in a field
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related to such degree;
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‘‘(iii) are the subject of an approved
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labor certification as required under sec-
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tion 212(a)(5)(A); and
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3‘‘(iv) will receive a wage level from the
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employer that is at least the actual wage
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level paid by the employer to all other indi-
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 viduals with similar experience and quali-
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fications for the specific employment in
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question.
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‘‘(B) D
EFINITIONS
.—For purposes of this
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paragraph:
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‘‘(i) The term ‘field of science, tech-
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nology, engineering, or mathematics’
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means a field included in the Department
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of Education’s Classification of Instruc-
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tional Programs taxonomy within the sum-
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mary groups of computer and information
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sciences and support services, engineering,
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mathematics and statistics, and physical
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sciences.
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‘‘(ii) The term ‘United States research
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institution of higher education’ means an
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institution in the United States that—
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‘‘(I) is described in section
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101(a) of the Higher Education Act
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of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a));
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‘‘(II) is classified by the Director
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of the National Science Foundation as
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