Immigration Policy

Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide.

Intel Corporation is an American company and the leading manufacturer of computer, networking, and communications products. Our annual revenues are more than $50 billion and we employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, including 80,000 who are in technical roles and more than half of whom are in the United States.

Key Issues

  • Intel strongly supports legislative or administrative action to improve the immigration system for highly skilled employees, specifically by:
    • Making available additional permanent employment-based visas (green cards)
    • Increasing the number of temporary H-1B visas available each year
    • Improving conditions for employees on temporary visas by permitting greater job mobility, allowing spouses to work and promising shorter wait lines for permanent visas
  • Intel depends upon employees highly skilled in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to generate new and innovative products and continue the rapid advancement of information and communications technologies. We actively compete with other high-tech companies to hire highly skilled engineers and other technical workers.
  • Intel employs about 50,000 people in the United States, but there is a substantial shortage of students graduating from U.S. universities with advanced STEM degrees. There are simply not enough qualified candidates to perform the specialized jobs we need to fill.
  • Unfortunately, our immigration system today prevents companies from accessing the best and the brightest, even when those employees are already here in the United States. Instead, we have visa quotas that are decades old and a complex legal process that requires many of those employees to wait years for a green card.
  • Intel supports high skilled immigration reform to ensure we have access to the talented employees we need to innovate, grow our business, and continue to invest in manufacturing and research and development in the United States. We seek a system that allows us to meet the demands of a highly competitive marketplace.
  • Intel believes that a legislative solution is needed to legalize the status of beneficiaries under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who have known only one home in the U.S.