TAG: H-2B relief

DHS provides 15,000 additional H-2B visas

July 18, 2017By

On July 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor submitted a final rule to the Federal Register that will allow the hiring of up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program, according to a press release from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Communications. The program is designed for... read more

Government Affairs: Will Trump increase H-2B visas?

June 6, 2017By

In late April, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Contained in that bill was language that provided the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to double the number of H-2B visas available, from 66,000 to 129,000, if the secretary found that there was “need.” Listening session Last... read more

Issue Brief: H-2B relief, sort of

March 8, 2016By

In December, Congress authorized an omnibus spending bill, which provided H-2B relief for industries that rely on guest workers. Through Sept. 30 the bill exempts H-2B returning workers from the 66,000 annual cap; addresses H-2B wages and allows the use of private wage surveys; clearly defines “seasonal” as 10 months; and prevents the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the provisions... read more