TAG: H-2B visas

Another go-round for H-2B: A permanent fix for H-2B remains elusive

September 4, 2019By
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While the H-2B guest worker program used by many landscape contractors had its best year since 2008, program advocates find themselves once again engaged in the annual battle to convince Congress to allocate more visas to the scant 66,000 visas locked into the enabling statute. Little passes Congress Because little legislation has passed Congress to be sent on to the... 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

U.S. Department of Homeland Security adds 15,000 H-2B visas

May 30, 2018By

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for fiscal year 2018. The allocation is in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued this year. “The limitations on H-2B visas were originally meant to protect American workers, but when we enter a situation where the program unintentionally harms American... read more

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: 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: 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