Updates to Federal STEM Initiatives Guides

March 21, 2024

We have made various updates to our guides providing overviews of current federal STEM initiatives. See all of our guides and FAQs on our Federal STEM Initiatives site.

Research Scholar Program

August 31, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the American Immigration Council has received official designation from the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Research Scholar Programs. By participating in J-1 training programs under the Research Scholar category, individuals gain access to a wide range of opportunities to include the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Practical Guides and FAQs for the Federal STEM Initiatives

June 14, 2022

One of America’s greatest competitive advantages is our ability to attract innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Recent federal policy changes have opened up new avenues for American businesses of all sizes to connect with talented researchers and other highly-skilled individuals in the STEM fields. Check out our FAQ site for more information.

New Efforts to Attract Foreign STEM Talent

January 24, 2022 

The Biden administration announced new efforts to modernize parts of our immigration system, remove barriers to legal immigration, and promote educational exchange. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will add 22 new fields of study in the STEM Optional Practical Training program through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and will implement a series of additional changes to allow foreign students, scholars, and researchers to come to and remain in the United States.

The new efforts will allow foreign STEM talent—international students graduating from U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—to continue to make meaningful contributions to America’s scholarly, research and development, and innovation communities.