By ANDREW MARTIN
Published: June 25, 2012
Immigrants Are Crucial to Innovation, Study Says

.... a new study to be released on Tuesday shows that immigrants played a role in more than three out of four patents at the nation’s top research universities.

In one illustration of the issue, the study notes that nine out of 10 patents at the University of Illinois system in 2011 had at least one foreign-born inventor. Of those, 64 percent had a foreign inventor who was not yet a professor but rather a student, researcher or postdoctoral fellow, a group more likely to face immigration problems.

Under the current system, foreign-born students are allowed to stay in the United States for 12 to 29 months after graduation, provided they find a job or internship in their field.

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