As outlined in the proposed immigration bill for 2013 (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013) a new nonimmigrant classification is being considered known as the W-Visa.
The W-Visa program would start in April 2015 and it would grant foreign nationals who are low-skilled a chance to fill employment positions in the U.S.
Employers would have to become registered to then be allowed to hire W-Visa employees.
The W-Visa would last for three years, which could be renewed for another three. The visaholders would be allowed to bring their spouses and minor children with them. They would also receive authorization to work in the U.S.
In order to manage the proposed new nonimmigrant W visa classification, the Gang of 8 bill recommends that a new independent statistical agency be established. It would be called the “Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research”.
The Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research is being suggested to devise a methodology in the overall implementation and monitoring of the new W visa classification.
The purpose of the Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research would be to serve four main functions:
- Play role in determining the number for the annual cap of the new W visa.
- Declare shortage occupations.
- Expand the list of recruitment methods registered employers may use in order to ensure the choices available to employers do not become outdated.
- Report on every aspect of the employment immigration system and make recommendations to Congress on how to reform these programs to make them work best for the American economy.
The Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research would be headed by a commissioner that would be appointed by the President and Senate and be placed within the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants