Connolly-Kim Reintroduce Partner with Korea Act
Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) introduced the Partner with Korea Act, bipartisan legislation that builds on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and encourages greater ties between American and Korean businesses. The legislation directly supports the Administration’s efforts to deepen relations with South Korea, and comes in advance of a May 21 meeting between President Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The Partner with Korea Act would create an allotment of 15,000 E-4 highly skilled work visas for Korean nationals with specialized education and expertise, provided that potential employers can ensure the visa holders are not hired for positions that American workers could fill. Similar visa allotments were created following our free trade agreements with other countries, including Australia and Singapore.
The KORUS FTA passed Congress in 2011 and began to take effect in March of 2012. The Partner with Korea Act was previously introduced in the 113th, 114th, 115th, and 116th Congresses.
The Partner with Korea Act is cosponsored by Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ).
Full text of the legislation is available here.