by Semiconductor Industry Association
For generations, leading edge scientific research has been a key to America’s strength and prosperity, unlocking new technologies that have helped keep the U.S. at the forefront of innovation. The great inventions of the last 60 years – including the Internet, the Global Positioning System (GPS), the laser, and the large-scale integrated circuit – were […]
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today reached a bipartisan deal on amendments to legislation (S.744) that would reform America’s high-skilled immigration system. SIA has joined other leading technology associations in sending a letter to members of the Committee in support of the agreement, which was spearheaded by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch […]
by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs
This Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on bipartisan legislation that would help secure the supply of helium, a gas that is critical for advanced manufacturing of semiconductors and other products, as well as scientific research.
This week, the U.S. government began accepting applications from employers for H-1B visas for highly educated workers who want to fill open jobs in the U.S. Unfortunately, the demand for skilled immigrant workers far exceeds the current cap of 65,000 H-1B visas (plus an additional 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from U.S. universities), so […]
On March 20, the House Natural Resources Committee voted to approve the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act” (HR 527), a bipartisan bill that would address the impending cessation of sales of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. The legislation now awaits action on the House floor, which will likely be scheduled sometime next month.
SIA this week joined a coalition of more than 100 technology leaders from across the country in sending a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders urging prompt approval of legislation to reform America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system.
Earlier this month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) completed an investigation into the proposed expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which promotes fair and open trade by providing for duty-free treatment of certain information technology products, including semiconductors.
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