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Text of the STAPLE Act

This bill was introduced on September 27, 2008, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2008 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 7184

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence and to be exempted from the numerical limitations on H–1B nonimmigrants.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s From Leaving the Economy Act of 2008 or the STAPLE Act.

2.

Exemption from numerical limitations on permanent residents for certain United States educated immigrants

(a)

Aliens not subject to direct numerical limitations

Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(F)

Aliens who have earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a))) in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and who have an offer of employment from a United States employer in a field related to such degree.

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(b)

Procedure for granting immigrant status

Section 204(a)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1154(a)(1)(F)) is amended—

(1)

by striking or after 203(b)(2);

(2)

by inserting , or 201(b)(1)(F) after 203(b)(3); and

(3)

by striking Attorney General and inserting Secretary of Homeland Security.

3.

Exemption from H–1B numerical limitation for certain United States educated nonimmigrants

Section 214(g)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(5)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B), by striking or;

(2)

in subparagraph (C), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(D)

has earned a Ph.D. degree from a United States institution of higher education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a))) in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and with respect to whom the petitioning employer requires such education as a condition for the employment.

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