TAG: H-2B cap

Government Affairs: Things look grim for H-2B, but there is hope

February 6, 2018By

On Dec. 21, not three months after the start of the federal fiscal year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had reached the six-month cap of 33,000 visas for the H-2B guest-worker visa program used by many landscape contractors as a part of their labor force. An additional 33,000 visas will be available for the second half... read more

Government Affairs: Update on Federal actions affecting landscape contractors

July 5, 2017By

  With all the talk in Washington about health care bills and the Russia investigation, it’s easy to lose sight of more mundane but nonetheless important issues directly affecting the landscape contracting industry. Here is an update on what is happening with two important issues. Federal Overtime Rule The new federal overtime rule, that would have doubled the mandatory salary... read more

Government Affairs: Congressional budget deal contains some H-2B relief

May 2, 2017By

  A compromise bill to fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown contains some relief for those companies that use the H-2B guest worker program. Late Sunday night, April 30, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. The bill implementing the deal is expected to pass... read more

Government funding bill addresses H-2B, NALP says

May 1, 2017By

Congressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a spending bill that contains “limited H-2B cap relief,” according to an email alert from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). If approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Trump before May 5, the bill will fund the government through the end of September. The bill provides the... 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

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