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Congress should allow foreign students receiving STEM graduate degrees from U.S. universities to automatically qualify for green cards.

Scientists and engineers are key drivers of innovation. Yet the number of Americans obtaining graduate science and engineering degrees has not kept up with demand. Indeed, almost one half of Ph.D. graduates of U.S. engineering, computer science, physical science, and life science programs are now from other nations. If we want the United States to continue to be the global innovation leader, we should make it easier for the talented individuals who receive a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to stay in the United States after graduation by making them eligible for permanent residency.