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Blog: 05/06/20

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Enrollment in U.S. Decreases

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Full-time graduate enrollment in electrical engineering and computer science programs at U.S. institutions has decreased substantially from its high in 2016, according to newly released annual data from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The new data from 2018 show total enrollees in these disciplines was 92,603, which was flat from the level in 2017 but […]

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Press Release: 04/22/20

SIA Statement on President’s Immigration Proclamation

WASHINGTON—April 22, 2020—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) released the following statement from President & CEO John Neuffer in response to President Trump’s immigration proclamation issued today. SIA represents 95 percent of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue. “America is at its competitive best when we allow top minds from around the world to help spur […]

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Blog: 07/10/19

SIA Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Remove Per-Country Immigration Caps on Employment-Based Visas

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The House of Representatives today approved with strong, bipartisan support the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” (H.R. 1044), sponsored by Reps. Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Buck (R-Colo.). The bill eliminates the unjustified and counterproductive per-country cap on employment-based visas in favor of a fair, “first come, first served” system. Passage of the bill is an […]

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Blog: 05/17/19

White House Plan Prioritizes Skills-Based Immigration

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Trump yesterday announced a plan to reform America’s immigration system by prioritizing skills-based immigration. While the full text of the plan has not been released, we hope the President’s announcement marks a step toward bipartisan action to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system. As an engine of economic growth for America, the semiconductor industry has long […]

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Blog: 05/14/19

Second-Place America? New Report Highlights Mounting Global Competition for Technology Leadership

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

America’s competitive edge is at risk, as China and other competing countries take bold steps aimed at surpassing the U.S. as the global technology leader, according to a report released today by the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), an alliance of U.S. leaders in business, science, and academia. The report, titled Second Place America: […]

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Press Release: 04/03/19

Semiconductor Industry Calls for Bold Federal Policies to Sustain U.S. Leadership in Chip Technology, Harness Transformative Technologies of the Future

As foreign governments take big steps to advance their domestic semiconductor capabilities, new blueprint lays out research, workforce, trade initiatives needed to help keep America on top in chip technology WASHINGTON—April 3, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released a set of government policy recommendations for sustaining and strengthening America’s global leadership in semiconductor technology […]

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Blog: 02/05/19

As Washington Sets 2019 Policy Agenda, Semiconductor Priorities Central to Debate

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With the 116th Congress well underway and President Trump set to deliver his annual State of the Union Address tonight, policymakers are hard at work setting the legislative agenda for 2019. Figuring prominently into the policy debate in the nation’s capital are several issues of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, including trade, export control, […]

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Blog: 12/06/18

SIA Welcomes White House Plan to Strengthen STEM Education

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Earlier this week, the National Science and Technology Council released the Trump Administration’s plan to improve STEM education in the United States. The plan lays out three aspirational goals: (1) building a strong foundation for STEM literacy by ensuring every American has the opportunity to master basic STEM concepts; (2) increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM; […]

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Blog: 05/30/18

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Semiconductor Workforce

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Following a recent roundtable with member companies and key staff from 11 federal agencies, the SIA Workforce Committee has released a summary report discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the semiconductor workforce. The report shines a spotlight on the need to address our broken high-skilled immigration system to meet near-term challenges and position the U.S. […]

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Blog: 01/31/18

Our 2018 Policy Plan to Drive U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump highlighted achievements from his first year in office and laid out his policy agenda for 2018. The President touched on a range of issues, including some of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, such as tax, trade, and immigration. Moving forward, SIA remains focused […]

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Blog: 01/26/18

SIA Applauds Introduction of I-Squared Act to Improve High-Skilled Immigration System

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared Act), legislation that would make needed reforms to America’s broken high-skilled immigration system. SIA supports the I-Squared Act and urges Congress to approve it.

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Blog: 01/19/18

SIA Joins Coalition in Support of H-4 Visa Rule

by Semiconductor Industry Association

SIA and a coalition of 10 other business and tech advocacy groups this week voiced their support for the H-4 Visa Rule, which allows spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. In a letter to Lee Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the groups urged the Trump […]

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