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Biden Seeks to Rob Putin of His Top Scientists With Visa Lure

  • Proposal would waive certain visa requirements for Russians
  • U.S. enticing experts in semiconductors, cybersecurity, space
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Photographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

The Biden administration has a plan to rob Vladimir Putin of some of his best innovators by waiving some visa requirements for highly educated Russians who want to come to the U.S., according to people familiar with the strategy.

One proposal, which the White House included in its latest supplemental request to Congress, is to drop the rule that Russian professionals applying for an employment-based visa must have a current employer.