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State-Based Visa Program: A Tailored Approach to America's Immigration Needs


As we strive to create a more effective and flexible immigration system, it is essential to recognize the unique needs and dynamics of our diverse states. A one-size-fits-all approach does not adequately serve America's varied industries and regional economies. The adoption of a state-based visa program will afford individual states the opportunity to design their own unique nonimmigrant visa criteria, attuned to their specific needs and growth strategies.

By empowering states to craft immigration policies that directly respond to their needs, we are creating a more efficient, effective, and beneficial immigration system that truly serves the interests of the American people.


The Role of the Federal Government

In a state-based visa program, the federal government's role is supervisory and focuses on ensuring that state initiatives align with national interests, security requirements, and federal immigration law. The Federal government will also institute accountability and enforcement measures and hold states accountable if they violate the program.



  • Review and approve state-devised visa criteria.

  • Conduct thorough screenings of applicants.

  • Enforce compliance measures, including revoking employment authorization of noncompliant visa holders and implementing expedited removal procedures.

  • Monitor state compliance rates and impose penalties where necessary, including reductions in visa allocation or suspensions from the program for states with high noncompliance rates.


The Role of the States

States will be responsible for tailoring a state-based visa program that adheres to federal standards but also meets the unique needs of their local economies and best serves their populations. Under the state-based visa program, participation of any state would be optional, providing states with the flexibility to opt in or out based on their specific needs and circumstances. It also encourages cooperation among states, allowing them to form regional compacts allowing for a collective approach to addressing regional labor market dynamics and shared economic goals.



  • Establish and implement their unique nonimmigrant visa criteria.

  • Regulate the employment and residence of potential visa recipients within their jurisdiction.

  • Create procedures to inform the federal government of the address and employment status of all visa recipients in the state.

  • Monitor and report instances of noncompliance.

  • Determine the specific length and renewability rules for visas.

  • Establish and implement processing or other fees as part of their individual visa programs.


This initiative marks a significant step towards aligning immigration policy with the unique economic needs of each state and region, upholding the principles of American sovereignty and rule of law. It embodies the conservative principles of federalism, understanding that a government closest to the people is best equipped to identify their unique needs and challenges.

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