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Temporary workers caught in immigration reform debate

Posted on April 15th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Businesses employing contract workers has been on the rise within the past few years, but new immigration reform might block foreigners from being hired for temporary work within the country.

According to The New York Times, the prospective rise of companies employing short-term employees from other countries is one of the driving forces for immigration reform. If the new law passes in Congress, businesses will be required to look for qualified American workers before turning to highly-skilled temporary staff from abroad.

The bill will also force any immigrants applying for citizenship to provide proof they were within the country before December 31, 2011, in addition to having no history of criminal activity and having financial stability that keeps them off of welfare. These measures would prevent any immigrants who entered the United States, as a contract worker or otherwise, after 2012 from ever being allowed to become a citizen.

The government already has strict visa applications for temporary employment within the country, but the proposed legislation might make it even more difficult for companies to find qualified workers abroad. 

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