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Congress Mulls a New Agriculture Guest Working Program

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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CapitolWASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is circulating a draft of a new guest worker program for agriculture, including nurseries.

The program would create a new H-2C visa for workers in agriculture and related processing activities. Among other provisions, the new visa would allow workers who are engaged in seasonal work to stay in the country for eighteen months, or for up to thirty-six months for non-seasonal work.

Goodlatte is circulating draft legislation among colleagues and stakeholders. Click the links to download an outline of that legislation and the draft bill.

The legislation has not yet been introduced, but the hope is that it will be introduced in the current session.

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