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 Due to our outdated 1990s immigration system, hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled workers are stuck in a green card backlog that inhibits their professional development and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 A number of countries are capitalizing on our outdated policies by pursuing programs to attract entrepreneurs educated in U.S. universities to instead compete against us in the global marketplace.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.
- ITI Letter to President Trump on Immigration (June 09, 2020)
- Amicus Brief - Save Jobs USA (April 12, 2019)
- 116th Congress Legislative Priorities (March 13, 2019)
- Coalition letter on Rescission of the International Entrepreneur Rule (February 08, 2018)
- I-Squared Act 2018 ITI Letter of Support (January 25, 2018)
Tech’s Legislative Outlook for 2019: Building on 2018’s Momentum for Innovation and Growth (March 13, 2019)
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Ensuring Technology Serves as a Force for Good (March 06, 2019)
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Winning the Global Race for Talent (April 02, 2018)
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Why we need to save the H-4 visa rule (March 17, 2018)
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American Competitiveness Hinges on Immigrants (February 01, 2018)
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Trump Ban on High-Skilled Immigrants Will Upend American Economy, Workforce (June 22, 2020)
WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following statement from its President and CEO Jason Oxman in reaction to reports on President Trump’s executive order to ban high-skilled ...
ITI Commends SCOTUS Decision to Protect DACA (June 18, 2020)
WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI commended the U.S. Supreme Court decision blocking action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “Dreamers are Americans in every ...
ITI: The United States Will Not Benefit from Shutting Down Legal Immigration (April 21, 2020)
WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following statement from its President and CEO Jason Oxman in reaction to President Trump’s proposed plan to suspend all immigration to ...
ITI Joins 140+ Groups and Businesses on Amicus Brief in Support of DACA (October 04, 2019)
WASHINGTON — Today, ITI joined more than 140 trade associations and businesses on a Supreme Court amicus brief filed in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The brief, ...
Tech Industry Urges Senate to Pass Important Immigration Reforms (September 19, 2019)
WASHINGTON — Today, Jason Oxman, President and CEO of ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants ...