The meat and poultry industry faces unique challenges in obtaining semi-skilled workers. A new bill introduce in the Senate looks to create a pilot system to help address some of the gaps that currently exists between temporary visa programs for seasonal workers and the H-1B visa program for highly skilled immigrants.
Sen. Jeff Flake. (R., Ariz.) introduced the Willing Workers & Willing Employers Act, a 10-year-long pilot guest worker program that would admit workers to the U.S. who have less than a bachelor’s degree to do year-round, non-farm work.
The bill also creates a flexible cap for registered positions ranging from 65,000 to 85,000 a year to match economic demand. It sets strict requirements that employers must seek an available U.S. worker before utilizing a guest worker under this program. Read More