Lawmakers in the U.S. House are preparing legislation designed to narrow the skills gap in the technology sector by making it easier for qualified foreign students to stay permanently in the U.S. Among the proposals is a soon-to-be-introduced measure from Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., that would automatically extend green cards to foreign students who get advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math -- the so-called STEM fields -- at U.S. universities. In its current form the bill would apply to master's and doctorate degrees.

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