The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs endorsed the passage of the bill that will exempt citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
House Bill No. 11-55-5, HD1 calls for exemption of FSM, RMI and US citizens from fees and visa requirements for foreign workers.
“Your committee believes that this is a common sense measure to make employment of citizens from three countries with which Palau has a special relationship more equitable and fair,” the committee in its report stated.
The committee said that under the Compact of Free Association, there is a reciprocal right for citizens of one country to live and work in the other.
Palau, FSM and RMI citizens can work and live freely in the US without having to obtain a visa.
The bill, when approved, will make citizens of US, FSM and RMI on each footing with Palauans in the United States. (Island Times)