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Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act

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A bill to prioritize the allocation of H-2B visas for States with low unemployment rates.


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01/15/2019Introduced in Senate

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01/15/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
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Cosponsors (2)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND] 01/31/2019
Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] 02/13/2019

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Senate Judiciary01/15/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (01/15/2019)

Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act

This bill authorizes additional H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers in states with relatively low unemployment. Currently, such visas are capped nationally at 66,000 a year.

For positions in states that had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5% or lower in three of the five most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly reports issued in the previous fiscal year, a certain number of H-2B visas may be issued that don't count against the 66,000 per year cap. For such exempted H-2B visas, a state may receive each year no more than 125% of the number of visas for aliens working in the state in the last completed fiscal year or 2,500, whichever is less.