Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

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Highly Skilled Talent

To remain competitive in today’s global economy, the United States should welcome highly educated and skilled professionals to our nation.

Through our recruiting efforts at the college and especially the post-graduate level, we find that many of the talented engineers, programmers, scientists and managers are not U.S. citizens. Highly skilled talent, especially in the areas of math, engineering and the sciences, is vital to the success of Qualcomm and to the future of technological innovation. According to a report from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, immigrants start new businesses and file patents at rates higher than U.S.-born citizens. Despite the benefits of having foreign-born professionals working in the U.S., the number of visas for highly skilled workers has declined and it can take ten years to receive a green card.

Many foreign students would like to remain in the U.S. to work after finishing their studies, but current U.S. visa restrictions make that difficult. The process for immigrants to receive working status (visas, green cards) needs to be reformed to better support our 21st century economy, job creation and workforce development.

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