Although a broad consensus is starting to emerge on the outline of the so-called “STEM visa”, the STEM Act, not yet voted into law, represents the most detailed and specific version yet. Like other versions, the STEM Act envisions a green card for 55,000 people per year with advanced STEM degrees from US universities. These 55,000 visas would come at the expense of visas allowed under the Diversity Visa Program the so-called “visa lottery”).
The bill is considered likely to pass the House of Representatives, although approval by the Senate looks less certain. If both houses of Congress pass it, however, it seems all but certain that Biden would sign it. Following are some details of its content (keep in mind that it is still subject to redrafting before it is voted on). Like other versions, biology degrees are not considered STEM degrees, and labor certification will be required of all candidates.