Visa Extensions Will Be Issued to Non-Agricultural Workers

Department of Homeland Security office

Department of Homeland Security office

A H-2B visa is a temporary work visa for foreign workers for seasonal, non-agricultural work in the U.S. H-2B visas are usually capped at 66,000, but petitions for the newly allocated visas will run through September.

The DHS blamed Congress for delaying the decision being made about the hiring of seasonal workers and pushing it into summer and announced that they are "committed to protecting USA workers and strengthening the integrity of the United States immigration system".

"We're going to stand up for our companies and maybe most importantly for our workers", the Republican president said.

In early May, at the behest of the business lobby, Congress gave Kelly and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta the power to more than double the number of H-2B visas issued this fiscal year. They were part-time jobs. The H.R. 2004 bill, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in April, would exclude returning workers from being counted toward the yearly cap. USA businesses hire people from Latin American countries. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it can not employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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The officials said the government made the decision after "considering the interest of USA workers" and has created a tip line for reports of worker exploitation and abuse.

The Trump administration said Monday that it is providing an additional 15,000 visas for foreign workers, despite the president's calls to hire USA workers first.

Because tourist season in ME runs until September or October, the six workers she's now missing will only be able to help her make up a fraction of the peak season, Diment said.

"After consulting with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly determined there are not enough qualified and willing US workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in [fiscal year] 2017", DHS said on Monday. With Mar-a-Lago President Trump's Florida resort looking to hire sixty-four workers under this program.

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Daniel Costa, an immigration expert at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, said there is no real evidence of a nationwide labor shortage in the industries that rely on H-2B visas, although employers could be strapped in certain geographic areas.

Mr. Tillis is one of a number of senators who say their states' summertime resort, seafood and landscaping industries are struggling to find American workers and need the foreign labor to survive. New research suggests that wages in some H-2B fields have been stagnant for years. Under the H-2 visa program, employers must also attest that they have made every effort to hire domestically.

NumbersUSA, an organization that opposes additional immigration, urged the administration not to increase the number of H-2B visas.

FAIR previously warned the administration against increasing the number of low-skilled guest workers when Secretary Kelly first announced he was inclined to do so.

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