ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Jun 2014In June 2014, the government of the United States of America announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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A bill (H.R. 1773) under consideration in Congress would amend immigration laws to increase the number of noncitizens who could receive nonimmigrant (temporary) visas for work in agriculture. The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) would amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish an H-2C nonimmigrant visa for an alien having a residence in a foreign country which he or she has no intention of abandoning and who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform agricultural labor or services.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting H.R. 1773 would increase the U.S. population by about 160,000 people in 2017, when the Department of Agriculture would begin issuing the new type of visa that would be created under the law, and about 400,000 people in 2024.
The Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives approved the bill by 20-16 on June 19, 2014. The bill awaits consideration in the full House.