(PTI) Washington, Ta. 29
An important bill was introduced in the lower house of the US Congress by a group of US lawmakers. If this bill is passed, thousands of students in India will be affected.
US lawmakers Paul A. Goser, Mo Brooks, Andy Biggs and Matt Getz jointly introduced a bill in the lower house of the US House of Representatives. The bill provides for compulsory repatriation of students residing in the United States after study. This means that post-study foreign students will not be able to stay in the United States even on a temporary basis.
The bill called Fairness for Highly Skilled American Act demands that provision should be made for the repatriation of foreign students upon completion of studies. Many US citizens no longer find jobs because of a special program that allows foreign students to remain in the United States for three years even after studying.
Since there is an elective practice training program in the United States, students can still remain in the United States as part of the practice after graduate study. US Gov. Paul A. Goser said the program harms American citizens. They find it difficult to get jobs and instead foreign students are encouraged to take up jobs. Earlier, Gosar had introduced a bill to shut down the program, but it was not passed.
US lawmakers introduced the bill saying that at least one million foreign students stay in the US to obtain work permits for three years after graduation. Companies cheaply hire foreign students to reduce their costs and make it harder for US citizens to find jobs.
If a bill introduced by MPs is passed in the lower house, it will be sent to the upper house. If it is passed, it will be sent for the President’s signature and then it will become law. If this bill is passed then thousands of Indian students will have to come to India after studies.
An estimated 50,000 Indian students are employed in the United States under elective practice training. If the bill is passed, new students will no longer have the benefit of optional practice training.