To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as-- (1) the ``Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America Act of 2011''; or (2) the ``IDEA Act of 2011''.
TITLE I--ATTRACTING AND RETAINING INNOVATORS AND JOB CREATORS
SEC. 101. U.S. GRADUATES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS.
(a) Advanced STEM Graduates.--Section 203(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(1)) is amended-- (1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking ``(A) through (C)'' and inserting ``(A) through (D)''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(D) Advanced graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.--An alien is described in this subparagraph if-- ``(i) the alien possesses a graduate degree at the level of master's or higher in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from a United States institution of higher education that has been designated by the Director of the National Science Foundation as a research institution or as otherwise excelling at instruction in such fields; ``(ii) the alien has an offer of employment from a United States employer in a field related to such degree; and ``(iii) the employer is offering and will offer wages that are at least-- ``(I) the actual wage level paid by the employer to all other individuals with similar experience...