H-2B Visas Set to Increase
On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced an increase of 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary seasonal workers in the U.S. until the end of the current fiscal year. The H-2B visa includes foreign nationals from eligible countries involved in low-wage nonagricultural employment, in season-sensitive industries like landscaping, construction, and hospitality.
The normal cap on the H-2B visa in the U.S. is 66,000. The increase comes after a flurry of lobbying efforts on the part of employers that depend on the seasonal work of H-2B visa workers challenged the implications of the Trump administration’s “America First” policy plans. In order to take full advantage of the cap increase, businesses must be able to show that “irreparable harm” will befall the company if they’re not able to bring in foreign nationals to help fill their seasonal staffing needs.
This H-2B visa increase is not a first. Last year, according to NBC News, the cap was increased by over 13,000 to accommodate the high demand for seasonal work visas. Some have argued that the increase is helpful in theory, but too late in practice, since it may not give businesses ample time to hire the seasonal workers they need.
Read the full article at the Washington Post.