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H.R. 339 (115th): Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 339 makes certain changes to the foreign worker permitting process for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory. Under current law, CNMI is undergoing a “transition period” in implementing U.S. immigration law in the territory. Foreign workers can currently apply to be treated as “nonimmigrants” for work purposes.

The bill would limit work permits issued to nonimmigrant construction workers in the CNMI to those who had a permit before October 1, 2015. The bill also would limit the total number of nonimmigrant work permits to 15,000 in 2017 (the permits are to be phased out by the end of 2019). Additionally, the bill would increase the fee charged by the Secretary of Homeland Security (from $150 to $200) per nonimmigrant worker to each prospective employer …

Sponsor and status

Gregorio Sablan

Sponsor. Representative for the Northern Mariana Islands. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 11, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jan 5, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 22, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 22, 2017.

Pub.L. 115-53


Jan 5, 2017

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Jan 30, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Apr 27, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Aug 1, 2017
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 11, 2017
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was without objection so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 22, 2017
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 339 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 339. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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