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TAG: H-2B cap

NALP supports H-2B visa expansion bill

June 15, 2021By
Lawmakers introduced bills easing caps on H-2B visas.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is praising a bipartisan group of lawmakers for legislation that would permanently relieve caps on H-2B visas, making it easier to bring workers into the country. 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: 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