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Proposals That Would Limit Visas Strike Fear at Universities

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Science  12 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5259, pp. 190-191
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5259.190


Next week the Senate will begin debating a bill to reform immigration law that could transform the cosmopolitan world of American research universities. Science and engineering programs depend heavily on foreign graduate students and postdocs—an arrangement that rests on an intricate array of visa categories. Several measures, which were defeated or withdrawn in the Senate Judiciary Committee but are likely to be resurrected in the floor debate, would eliminate certain visa categories and place stricter requirements and shorter time limits on others. (See the 22 March 1996 Editorial.)