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7/7/2004--Introduced. Emergency Relief for Rural Borderlands Act - States that aliens issued H-2B (temporary nonagricultural worker) nonimmigrant visas may not be counted toward the numerical limitation applicable to such visas during FY 2004 if the alien is working: (1) at a work site in a rural area not more than 50 miles from an international border; and (2) for an employer who has hired H-2B workers during not less than two fiscal years between FYs 1999 and 2003. Requires expedited visa processing for aliens who meet such requirements.
Requires these provisions to take effect as if enacted on September 30, 2003.