DHS announces boost in seasonal worker visas during WH 'Made i

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In order to hire foreign workers through the non-immigrant visa program, businesses must show there are not enough US workers "able, willing, qualified, and available" for the jobs.

Beyond the temporary relief, Hamelback added that the reinstatement of the returning worker exemption would likely provide a long-term solution to the potential pitfalls facing trainers who employ H-2B workers. 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.

Many seasonal businesses such as resorts, landscaping companies and seafood harvesters and processors had sought permission to temporarily hire more immigrants. Farm workers enter the USA under a different visa, known as the H-2A. Tillis's insatiable desire for cheap foreign labor, or if he will continue blocking the qualified nominee to extort more H-2B visas for the next fiscal year, beginning on October 1. "We will carefully review the details of the rule and communicate best next steps to our members to ensure they have the information necessary to quickly get approved seasonal workers to the U.S.to support full-time, domestic staff to operate at full capacity".

The H-2B program allows workers from places like Mexico and Guatemala to come to the US, work for a few months at a government-set prevailing wage, and then return to their home countries, only to repeat the process the following year.




Current law limits the number of such visas issued to 66,000 a year - split among two halves of the year. They must place an advertisement for the jobs on two separate days in an effort to "must conduct certain recruitment to ensure that there are not qualified United States workers available for the position". Kelly expressed frustration that Congress gave him discretion on the matter instead of issuing specific orders about the visas - effectively punting the decision to him.

The increased visa allocation coincides with President Donald Trump's "Made in America" Week, which seeks to promote American workers and products.

The Trump administration promotes what it calls a "Hire American" policy and the president has repeatedly called for more limited immigration. USA businesses hire people from Latin American countries. Congress had previously set an annual cap of 66,000 of these visas for the 2017 fiscal year.

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. H-1B has a Congressional cap of 65,000 visas. "Nonetheless, this is yet another example of the administration and Congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first".

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