In this Sept. 18, 2021, file photo, farmer Hermann Gunnarsson and Ingibjorg Leifsdottir stand in their field as they gather their largest harvest of barley in 30 years in Eyja Fjord, northern Iceland. Credit: Egill Bjarnason / AP

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is joining with colleagues to try to encourage more trade with Iceland.

The Democrat said it’s time to strengthen ties with Iceland, which is already a significant trading partner with the U.S. Her proposal would add Iceland to the list of nations whose residents are allowed to apply for certain non-immigrant work visas.

Pingree said making the visas available to Iceland residents would “support stronger bilateral ties with Iceland and bolster new investment and economic growth for both our countries.”

Iceland is one of few European countries not currently eligible for the visas, Pingree said. She introduced the proposal on Friday along with Democratic Reps. Rick Larsen of Washington and Joe Courtney of Connecticut and Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska,