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Report points to children of immigrants as a major source of science talent in the U.S.

What immigration status a person has here in the U.S. can have many impacts. This includes impacts on what immigration options are available for their family. So, how a person from a foreign country addresses U.S. immigration matters that arise for them could not only have long-term ramifications for them, but for their family as well. Immigration lawyers can provide immigrants with guidance on family-related concerns they have in regards to immigration matters.

Immigrants make many major positive contributions to the United States. And the country cannot only be positively impacted by the efforts and accomplishments of the immigrants themselves, but also those of their family, such as those of their children. For example, a recent report points to many of the U.S. high school students who show a great deal of promise in the field of science being children of immigrants.

The report, by the National Foundation for American Policy, looked at the finalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. This is a nationwide high-school-level science competition. In the 2016 competition, there were 40 finalists. According to the report, over three-fourths of these students had an immigrant parent. Children of immigrants also made up seven of the nine winners of that year's contest.

The report indicates that many of the children of immigrants who were 2016 finalists had a parent who at one point held an H-1B visa, a work visa for specialty workers. In fact, all but three of them had such a parent.

The report also found that, between 2004 and 2016, the trend has been that children of immigrants have been making up a bigger and bigger portion of the competition's finalists.

Source: Money, "America's Top High School Science Students Are the Children of Immigrants," Rob Wile, March 14, 2017

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