DOS Takes Steps to Attract STEM Talent
By, Avianna Davies, Legal Intern
The Department of State (DOS) has taken steps to make it easier for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) businesses in the U.S. to hire qualified foreign students and graduates. The Early Career STEM Research Initiative allows businesses to proactively recruit international STEM students and graduates and host them as J-1 exchange visitors.
In a statement released by the White House, STEM talent is identified as “critical to the prosperity, security, and health of the Nation.” This initiative is also meant to broaden eligibility for O visas and National Interest Waivers for people in STEM fields. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this initiative is geared towards people with advanced STEM degrees concentrated in “focused critical and emerging technologies,” “other STEM areas important to U.S. competitiveness,” and “national security.”
The Biden administration already announced policy changes aimed at attracting foreign STEM talent earlier this year, including the expansion of the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and more.