Visa Programs for Racing May Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 1, 2013) -- Horse racing’s need for the H-2A and H-2B foreign worker visa programs is high – farms and trainers depend on these programs to hire employees to perform jobs that are difficult to fill with domestic workers. For this reason, the NTRA is fully engaged in comprehensive immigration reform efforts currently underway on Capitol Hill.

Both the House and Senate have focused much of their early agendas of the 113th Congress on immigration reform. The Senate was first to act when it passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) in June. As the August recess nears, the House has not yet produced a bill.

The Senate bill calls for replacement of the current H-2A program with a new program that would provide additional work visa options and extend workers’ visas for up to three years. Additionally, S. 744 would alter certain elements of the H-2B program by improving wage methodology and exemptions from annual caps for returning workers.

It appears the House will take a different approach to an immigration reform bill after the August recess and not take action on the Senate bill. Watch this space for NTRA updates on this progress.