Immigration Designed to Enhance American Lives (IDEAL) supports the Workforce Visa Act.

The Workforce Visa Act is a new employer-chosen visa.

Policy Overview

Seven PLanks of the Workforce Visa Act:

  1. 1-year guest worker visa. Foreign nationals with a valid offer of employment may pay a $2,500 fee to obtain a 1-year guest worker visa. The visa is renewable with another valid offer of employment and $2,500 fee. Employers must follow all relevant labor laws as per their jurisdiction including minimum wage. 

  2. Employers can hire these workers if they pay them back the $2,500 over the 1 year as a part of their monthly wage. Thus, they are incentivized to look for Americans first because Americans are free and workforce visa holders are incentivized to stay with their original employer to get reimbursed.

  3. The $2,500 goes into a trust fund for workforce development in the State where the visa holder is employed. The state in which the workforce visa holder is employed will have access to $2,500 of the Workforce Trust Fund. This will be used to fund apprenticeships, job training, job placement, and other workforce development skills.

  4. Visa holders may adjust status to legal permanent residence after 10 consecutive years if they pay an additional $25,000 or work an additional 10 years. This is an incentive to comply with the law. Current visa paths towards legal permanent resident are confusing, hard to access, or do not exist. By clear path, it incentivizes foreign workers to comply with the law, work hard, and be rewarded instead of overstaying their visa. 

  5. Visa holders are not eligible for any means tested public benefits of any kind and if they adjust status to legal permanent resident, they cannot claim benefits retroactively.

  6. All employers who hire these visa-holding employees must be a part of E-Verify.

  7. All visa holders will have the right to join a labor union if it exists at their place of work.

“Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways…I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”

President Trump, State of the Union 2019

“First, we'll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

Second, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.

Third, we'll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.”

President Obama, 2014