Legislation to Establish Worker Visa Pilot Program Introduced

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently introduced S. 2827, Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would implement a modest, market-driven, less-skilled worker visa pilot program. If enacted, the bill would create a new guest worker visa (H-2C) through a ten-year pilot program that would expire if not renewed. The program would apply only in counties and metro areas where the unemployment rate is less than five percent, which would be deemed a “full employment area.” The number of H-2C visas would expand from 65,000 to up to 85,000 in times of low unemployment and provide for job portability by enabling workers to change jobs and work for any employer who has tested the labor market and proved that they are unable to hire an American worker for the position.