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TAG: Department of Homeland Security

Dept. of Homeland Security adds 35,000 H-2B visas

March 10, 2020By

The Department of Homeland Security will make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. The allocation also comes with new conditions to provide relief to seasonal employers who truly need it and reduce fraud and abuse in the program. DHS also announced that it will take necessary anti-fraud and abuse... read more

Government Affairs: The landscape industry needs more than 45,000 H-2B visas

March 4, 2020By

As expected, the annual statutory cap of 66,000 H-2B visas for the federal fiscal year 2019-2020 was reached on Feb. 18. This means that all for H-2B visas received after that date for a start date before Oct. 1 will be rejected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The statutory cap was reached at about this same time last... read more

Government Affairs: H-2B efforts turn toward Homeland Security acting secretary

February 5, 2020By

Last December, Congress approved an additional 65,000 H-2B visas above the statutory limit of 66,000, subject, however, to the approval of the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. H-2B advocates are now turning their efforts to convince acting secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to release the full complement of visas authorized by Congress. Landscape contractors largest H-2B users... read more

DHS to release 30,000 additional H-2B visas

April 3, 2019By
Capitol Hill. Photo: LM Staff

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a decision to release an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for seasonal workers who previously worked in the U.S. during one of the last three fiscal years, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This brings the total number of visas available for 2019 to 96,000. The visas are expected to be... read more

Final push for H-2B reform for 2019 season

February 20, 2019By

On Jan. 25, Congress and the president reached an agreement to reopen the government for 21 days. read more

NHLA, others sue DOL, DHS over H-2B policies

June 4, 2015By

The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) joined Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, Superior Forestry and the Small and Seasonal Business Legal Center in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The lawsuit asks... read more