To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to simplify the petitioning procedure for H-2A workers, to expand the scope of the H-2A program, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Family Farm Relief Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. ELECTRONIC FILING SYSTEM FOR H-2A PETITIONS.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a process for receiving petitions for nonimmigrant visas under section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a)). In establishing such process, the Secretary shall ensure-- (1) that petitioners may file such petitions over the Internet on an Internet Web page of the Secretary; (2) that any software developed to process such petitions on such Internet Web page shall indicate to the petitioner any technical deficiency in the application prior to submission; and (3) that each petitioner shall be able to file such petition in a paper format.
SEC. 3. REPEAL OF 50-PERCENT DOMESTIC WORKFORCE REQUIREMENT.
Subparagraph (B) of section 218(c)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1188(c)(3)) is repealed, and any rule made by the Secretary of Labor or the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out such subparagraph may not continue in effect.
SEC. 4. PREVAILING PRACTICES SURVEY.
In the case of an employer petitioning under section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8...