Dept. Of Homeland Security To Allow 15000 Additional H-2B Immigration Visas

Dept. Of Homeland Security To Allow 15000 Additional H-2B Immigration Visas

The number of H-2B visas had been capped for this year at 66,000. In 2016, there were an extra 13,382 visas granted for seasonal work. Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA, said that Monday's action represents a step in the right direction towards restoring stability for many stables. Tillis has put Trump's nominee for US Citizenship and Immigration Services on hold, citing concerns about the slowness of the administration to issue more H-2B visas. Petitioners seeking to hire more visa workers must prove their businesses would sustain "irreparable harm" if they're unable to bring in the foreign workers. They were part-time jobs.

The DHS press release went on to say that it received enough visa applications in mid-March to fill out the year's quota.

The programme is created to fill unskilled jobs that Americans do not want, but American companies need to fill in order to keep their business going.

In order to qualify for the additional visas, businesses must attest under penalty of perjury that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm if they can't employ H-2B workers for the rest of the year.

The Colony, an oceanside hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine yards away from a Bush family property, may not even hire some H2B visa workers this year because they would only be arriving by summer's end, general manager John Martin said. Trump's own businesses, including his resort Mar-a-Lago, have used the program.

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But Congress did not renew the returnees exemption when it expired last fall, effectively curbing the number of available visas.

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. Visas for more than 120,000 positions have been requested so far in fiscal 2017, according to Department of Labor statistics.

Advocates of a tight immigration policy, including many on the right who helped propel President Donald Trump's campaign, have claimed seasonal worker visas depress wages and take jobs away from U.S. workers. Hance said there is a shortage now.

But not everyone agrees, including Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which lobbies to keep immigration levels low in the United States.

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. Part of the deal included giving the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to increase the number of seasonal foreign workers, after consulting with the Secretary of Labor, "upon determination that the needs of American businesses can not be satisfied in fiscal year 2017 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor".

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