Immigration Policy

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Intel is the leading designer and manufacturer of computer, networking, and communications products and employs more than 100,000 people worldwide, including 80,000 in technical roles and more than half of whom are in the United States.

Key Issues 

Intel supports meaningful immigration reform that will ensure economic growth and support our ability to continue to invest in manufacturing and research and development in the United States by enabling U.S. companies to recruit and hire needed talent. Meaningful immigration reform would accomplish the following:

  • Protect the U.S. workforce while creating more job opportunities and economic growth.
  • Reflect the actual hiring and business environment. It would not place unnecessary burdens on our ability to hire the workers we need and when, limit where we need them, or retain them.
  • Provide timely work authorization and a pathway to a green card for international students graduating with a STEM Master’s or Doctorate from U.S. universities and who have accepted a job offer.
  • Eradicate the backlog for approved employment-based (EB) green card applicants. Congress can do this by increasing the number of EB green cards available annually, eliminating per-country limits, exempting spouses and children, or even legislating the recapturing of unused green cards.
  • Solidify the STEM Optional Practical Training program to keep the most highly educated foreign national students graduating with STEM degrees from U.S. universities in the U.S.
  • Continue the J-1 Intern/Trainee visa program that enables J-1 participants to experience U.S. business practices and build long-lasting business relationships.
  • Provide a legislative solution that leads to DACA beneficiaries qualifying as U.S. workers and having a pathway to becoming lawful permanent residents.