Policy - Immigration
Immigration policy is really innovation policy. The U.S. economy has benefited enormously from the contributions made by immigrants who came to this country. Immigrants whose entrepreneurship turned their startups into household names founded some of today’s most admired technology companies.
However, our current immigration system is failing to meet the needs of today’s economy and is not equipped to prepare for tomorrow’s demands. Immigration reform must enable the kind of innovation and job creation that fulfills the demands of tomorrow’s economy. The reality of the global marketplace means competition for talent is global as well. ITI is a leading advocate before the U.S. Congress and key federal agencies for immigration reforms that improve the ability of U.S.-based companies to recruit and retain highly-skilled foreign graduates and professionals.
Now more than ever, we need effective reforms that will make it easier for the world’s best talent to work in the U.S. alongside the innovators, entrepreneurs, and talented individuals in our domestic workforce. These improvements will help U.S. businesses to grow and create jobs, while providing effective protections for American workers.
High-skilled immigration reform
Immigration reform must help to fill the tens of thousands of skilled job openings that exist today, while accelerating the creation of new jobs and knowledge-driven businesses. The U.S. economy creates technology jobs faster than Americans can currently fill them. Due to our outdated 1990s immigration system, hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled workers are stuck in a green card backlog that inhibits their professional development and contribution to our economic growth. Some have given up and are returning home. A number of countries are capitalizing on our outdated policies by pursuing programs to attract entrepreneurs educated in U.S. universities to instead compete against us in the global marketplace.
ITI advocates for high-skilled immigration reform that supplements and augments our extraordinarily talented U.S. workforce to strengthen U.S. business operations now and in the future. ITI also believes high-skilled immigration reform must invest in effective U.S. education and training programs that will prepare future innovators and entrepreneurs to advance our nation’s global leadership and success.
- Coalition letter on Rescission of the International Entrepreneur Rule (February 08, 2018)
- I-Squared Act 2018 ITI Letter of Support (January 25, 2018)
- H-4 Rule Multi-Association Letter (January 17, 2018)
- Multi-association IER Letter (December 04, 2017)
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter (May 04, 2016)
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter
Why we need to save the H-4 visa rule (March 17, 2018)
Like the United States, the tech industry is a collection of people with exceptional skills and backgrounds. They have helped create a plethora of innovative products and services that benefit our day-to-day ...
American Competitiveness Hinges on Immigrants (February 01, 2018)
Although the United States has led in creating the technologies that have driven major innovations in previous decades, continued American leadership is not assured. Robert Samuelson’s “China’s breathtaking ...
Trump's State of the Union speech can't neglect US tech leadership (January 30, 2018)
The technology industry is driven by the potential the future holds. From turning a simple code into a device that can detect diseases and save lives, to growing a small online network among friends into ...
Tech’s Legislative Outlook for 2018: Building on 2017’s Momentum for Modernization (January 11, 2018)
The start of the 115th Congress and new administration not only marked an era of profound political change, but it also presented a unique and timely opportunity to modernize outdated policies. Lawmakers ...
H1-B Visas: American Innovation Hinges on a Chance for the Best and Brightest (April 07, 2017)
Earlier today, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the agency has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the total statutory cap of 85,000 visas allotted under law for fiscal year ...
Leading Tech Group Calls for Renewed Effort to Find Legislative Solution for Dreamers (February 15, 2018)
WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice for the tech sector, released the following statement from president and CEO Dean Garfield urging Congress to redouble its efforts to find a permanent, legislative solution ...
Tech Applauds New Legislation to Reform High-Skilled Immigration (January 25, 2018)
WASHINGTON – Today ITI, the global voice for the tech sector, applauded the introduction of the Immigrant Innovation (I-Squared) Act of 2018 introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). ITI President and ...
Leading Tech and Business Groups Champion Support for H-4 Visa (January 18, 2018)
WASHINGTON – Today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, led 10 other business and tech advocacy groups in voicing their support of the H-4 Visa Rule, which allows spouses of H1-B visa holders to ...
Tech Industry Rebukes Trump’s DACA Decision as Bad for US Innovation, Business & Values (September 05, 2017)
WASHINGTON – Today technology industry trade group ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield regarding President Donald Trump’s decision ...
Tech on President Trump’s “Hire Americans” Executive Order (April 18, 2017)
WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement today from President and CEO Dean Garfield on an executive order signed today by President Donald Trump on the H-1B ...