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Biden Plans Effort to Retain International Science, Tech Students


U.S. President Joe Biden speaking in the Cabinet Room in the White House

The White House called the policy change consistent with its "priorities to restore faith in the legal immigration system."

Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled plans to retain international science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students by permitting them to stay in the U.S. for up to three years of training on cultural-exchange visas. The program also will be extended to students of data science, cloud computing, and data visualization as part of efforts to counter China.

An administration official said China has overtaken the U.S. in producing and tapping undergraduate and doctoral STEM talent, in order to surpass America as the world's premier scientific and technological innovator.

Biden has said he considers competition with China as the leading national security challenge, adding that the new initiatives will make it easier for immigrants to qualify for special visas reserved for persons of extraordinary ability.

From Reuters
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