The success of recent bipartisan efforts in Congress to bolster America’s global competitiveness, have been encouraging, if not incomplete. The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, signed into law in 2022, makes deep investments to ensure that the U.S. can maintain its global leadership in innovation and production. To fully deliver on those investments, however, Congress will also need to address the dire shortage of STEM workers available to fill these jobs.
Capitalizing on the potential contributions of international student graduates is an obvious solution. For decades, the United States has been the premiere higher education destination for students from around the world. International students contribute significantly to the U.S. economy and workforce, particularly in critical STEM fields, while also boosting wages and creating jobs for U.S. citizens.
By increasing the number of international students who stay and work here after graduation, the U.S. can protect its global competitive advantage, supercharge American innovation and production, and produce benefits that will be shared throughout the U.S. workforce.