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House backs green cards for STEM degree holders

Legislation that would allocate up to 55,000 new green cards annually to the most highly qualified foreigners who have earned advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields from US universities passed the House of Representatives on 30 November.

The bill, approved by a 245 to 139 vote, would provide the extra green cards by eliminating the “diversity visa program” lottery for individuals from nations that have had low rates of immigration to America.

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