Speak out for the "BRAINS" and "Best and Brighest" bills

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Action Needed TODAY: Urge your U.S. Senators to vote “Yes!” when the BRAINS bill comes up for a vote, and your U.S. Representative to support the “Attracting the Best and Brightest Act of 2012.”

The Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 can connect you to your Representative and Senators – or use our online form.

  • The two nearly identical bills would make 55,000 new green cards available to international students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM graduates,”) allowing our nation and its businesses to benefit from their skills. 
  • Both bills also provide wage protections for U.S. workers to ensure that foreign workers do not take high-paying high-skilled jobs that American workers are available to fill. 
  • Both bills would keep the diversity visa program intact, benefiting individuals and families from a multiplicity of countries and regions including France, Germany, Poland, Africa, and Asia. (The STEM Jobs Act of 2012, defeated in the U.S. House on Sept. 20, would have eliminated the diversity visa program and other protections for legal immigrants.)
  • Both bills also include important family unity provisions to protect children separated from their families from “aging out” due to processing delays, and to stop sending those who have already awaited a visa to the end of the line when they get married.


BRAINS stands for “Benefits to Research and American Innovation through Nationality Statutes Act of 2012 (S.3553).”  It was introduced by Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York.  It could be voted within the next few days.


“ATTRACTING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST ACT OF 2012,” H.R. 6412, was introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California.  It could be voted soon after the U.S. House of Representatives reconvenes Oct. 1.

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