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TAG: guest worker program

Department of Homeland Security to release 35,000 H-2B visas

March 31, 2022By

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it plans to release 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas beginning on or after April 1. read more

Landscaping company owes $36K in back wages, $40K in H-2B penalties

June 1, 2021By

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) said Alvarado Landscaping of Lorain, Ohio, must pay $40k in penalties and $36k in back wages following violations of the temporary foreign workers’ visa program. As part of the H-2B temporary worker program, employers that hire temporary foreign workers must pay their international transportation and meal expenses while they travel from their home country,... 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

Government Affairs: Last gasp for H-2B returning-worker exemption?

December 1, 2016By

Congress has one last chance to extend the H-2B returning-worker provisions in the waning days of this session of Congress. The returning-worker provision that was included last year as part of the budget process expired at the close of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30. The returning-worker provision exempts workers who were granted visas in any of the three previous... read more

H-2B cap reopens for second half of 2015

June 8, 2015By

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) reopened the H-2B cap for the second half of 2015 on June 5. The agency is accepting requests for new H-2B guest workers with a start date between April 1 and Sept. 30. Congress caps the number of H-2B workers at 66,000 per year. On April 2, USCIS said it had accepted and approved... read more

DOL resumes H-2B processing

April 21, 2015By

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) resumed processing certifications for the H-2B program, following an April 15 court order permitting it to do so, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The federal district court in the Northern District of Florida said DOL could continue issuing temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program through May... read more