TAG: Department of Homeland Security

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

Government Affairs: Riding the H-2B roller coaster

April 6, 2015By

For many landscape contractors, having a good season depends on getting their H-2B workers on time and in the numbers they requested. This season has been challenging, to say the least, for those expecting to fill out their spring and summer crews with H-2B workers. H-2B is the federal guest worker program that grants temporary work visas to nonagricultural seasonal... read more

Ep. 122: H-2B and you

March 19, 2015By

Last week, Arnulfo Hinojosa, vice president of the Federation of Employees & Workers of America (FEWA), and Jarrod Sharp, general counsel at FEWA, spoke about the H-2B issue. Since that time, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  issued a statement saying they are working to issue a joint Interim Final Rule, which would update... read more

H-2B hits cap for first half of 2015, petitions rejected

February 10, 2015By

On Feb. 2, the Department of Homeland Security revealed the H-2B cap was reached for the first half of fiscal 2015, hence the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now is rejecting new H-2B petitions that were received after Jan. 26 and that requested an employment start date prior to April 1. The cap is a congressionally mandated limit on... read more