H-1b, STEM Visas Increases Boosted Asian Immigration Rate
"The H-1B visa is the visa that affords its holder the ability to have "dual intent;" that is, the holder of the H-1B can intend to reside in the U.S. permanently by applying for lawful permanent residence, despite the otherwise temporary nature of the visa. Nevertheless, it has become increasingly difficult for employers to sponsor their employees for H-1B visas. This is largely due to increasingly exhaustive review of such applications by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)," notes an immigration attorney in the Washington Post. "The STEM Designated Degree Program gives an added advantage to foreign students who come to this country to pursue bachelor's degrees or higher studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) as F-1 nonimmigrant students."