Lawmakers in the US have made a bipartisan proposal to change the nation's immigration laws, including rules governing visas for skilled scientific workers, The New York Times reports. One bill, which was introduced in the Senate earlier this week by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), would increase the number of temporary and permanent resident visas available for such immigrants.

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