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On February 18, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) held a press conference announcing the start of the grassroots campaign for H.R. 1812 (Partner with Korea Act).

Partner with Korea Act (H.R. 1812) is a House legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam and cosponsored by thirty-six representatives from both parties. At first, this legislation seemed to be overshadowed by comprehensive immigration reform , but as soon as the possibilities of reform were exhausted, H.R. 1812 has been placed into the spotlight again. H.R. 1812 seeks to create a new visa category for Korean skilled workers with allotment for 15,000 workers. Traditionally, the United States provided special employment visas to nations that it ratified free trade agreements with. Singapore received 5,400 H-1B visa slots, Chile received 1,400, and Australia received 15,000 slots along with a new visa category (E-3).

Through the creation of a new visa category for Korean skilled workers, the competitive ability of American companies based in Korea will increase and overall benefit for the United States be high.

Also, the category will allow the spouse of the sponsored worker to work. As long as the worker remains employed, the visa has no limitations. With the constant influx of new Korean immigrants, the Korean American community will increase as well.

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For this campaign, a new online site has been opened. This campaign will be conducted with various organizations all over the United States. This website is http://action.kace.org.

When the petition is signed, the petition will be delivered automatically to the signer’s elected officials.

Although the legislation is on the floor, in order for it to be passed, the bill needs support from representatives. Through campaigning, the representatives move forward.

To support this campaign, please click here.

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