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 Due to our outdated 1990s immigration system, hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled workers are stuck in a green card backlog that inhibits their professional development and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 A number of countries are capitalizing on our outdated policies by pursuing programs to attract entrepreneurs educated in U.S. universities to instead compete against us in the global marketplace.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.
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter (May 04, 2016)
Technology Sector Presidential Platform Letter
Multi-association letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee membership (March 29, 2016)
Multi-association letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee membership
ITI letter in support of the SKILLS Visa Act (March 29, 2016)
ITI letter in support of the SKILLS Visa Act
Skilled Immigration Leads To U.S. Job Creation (March 29, 2016)
Skilled Immigration Leads To U.S. Job Creation
STEM & America's Future (March 29, 2016)
STEM & America's Future
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 ...
Reminder We Still Need High Skilled Immigration Reform (April 08, 2016)
H-1B visas allow companies to hire highly skilled immigrants who are a valuable part of the U.S. economy and yesterday, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the agency reached its congressionally ...
Dear Congress: The American Economy Depends on High Skilled Immigrants (February 25, 2016)
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, will hold a hearing on high-skilled immigration. This hearing is being held at a time when the tone on immigration ...
Tech’s 2016 Congressional Agenda: How to Promote Innovation & Economic Growth (February 12, 2016)
Previously I wrote that 2015 was predicted to be a year of gridlock, and yet despite deep partisanship in the nation’s capital, the tech sector saw several of our priorities passed into law. If lawmakers ...
A New Congress and Tech’s Agenda to Advance a Renewed Economy (January 09, 2013)
Sparky Anderson, who managed World Series-winning teams in Cincinnati and Detroit, once remarked, “We’re getting close to opening day. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.” January 3rd, 2013 marked ...
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 ...
Tech’s Garfield Calls for Immigration Reform After New Trump Travel Order (March 06, 2017)
WASHINGTON – Today the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield, reacting to President Donald ...
Tech Unites to Offer First-Ever Innovation Platform to Presidential Candidates (May 04, 2016)
WASHINGTON – As the Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions draw near, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, joined with a dozen technology ...
With H1B Visa Demands Outpacing Caps, Tech Calls on Congress to Keep Highly-Skilled Workers in US (April 01, 2015)
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the technology sector's leading companies, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield on the ...
Today’s Senate Immigration Hearing: Ducking and Dodging Won’t Solve Our Broken Immigration System (March 17, 2015)
WASHINGTON – Today the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the technology sector's leading companies, released the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield ...