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Labour market access
On March 15, 2011 the governor of Utah signed into law a bill (H.466) that provided for the creation of the Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Program. Under this program, undocumented aliens would register with the state in order to have legal access to employment. Both the guest workers and their employers would pay fees to the state. A fiscal analysis of the bill noted that approximately 58,000 individuals were expected to apply for a guest worker permit.
Although the bill was enacted, the guest worker law was not formally implemented because it was predicated on the expectation that the Federal government would grant Utah a waiver to proceed. The Utah state legislature twice extended the law’s effective date while awaiting a response from the Federal government, but no such waiver was ever provided.
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