House Passes 10-Year Extension for Guam’s Exemption from National H-2B Visa Caps
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 5956, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018. The bill provides reforms to the NMI’s CW-worker program and includes language that would extend Guam’s exemption from the national H-2B visa caps until 2029. A similar bill, S. 2325, was passed by the Senate on April 23, 2018. Congresswoman Bordallo cosponsored the earlier version of this bill (H.R.4869) and secured similar provisions for Guam in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R.5515), passed by the House on May 24, 2018.
“I am pleased the House passed H.R. 5956 that includes a 10-year extension of Guam’s existing exemption from the national H-2B visa caps. This is important to ensure that our local companies have access to H-2B laborers when our local workforce is unable to meet our island’s needs. I continue working in Congress to address Guam’s labor shortage, including in this year’s national defense bill. I look forward to seeing these important pieces of legislation signed into law by the President.”