Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Homeland Security to allow 15000 more visas for seasonal workers

John kelly AP FBN Homeland Security to allow 15000 more visas for seasonal workers
Ellis Copeland | 17 July, 2017, 22:30

"After consulting with the secretary of labor, Secretary Kelly determined that there are not enough USA workers who are willing, qualified and able to perform temporary non-agricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses and that these businesses will likely suffer irreparable harm if they can not hire more H-2B workers in fiscal year 2017", a senior DHS official said on a press call.

"There is no set amount of H-2B workers allocated to ME, so we are advising our members to apply immediately as the department is issuing visas on a first-come, first-served basis", said Hewins.

President Donald Trump decried the use of foreign workers during his campaign, although he defended his company's use of H-2B visas at his golf resorts during a 2015 primary debate by saying, "I've hired in Florida during the prime season - you could not get help", according to The Washington Post's transcript. "As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap".

Businesses who meet specific criteria can apply for H-2B visas to bring over foreign workers to take temporary positions they cannot fill with American workers.

The department met its cap for the visa applications in March.

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It also added that it and has paid its lenders Rs 3,467 crore as interest between April 2016 and July 2017. The counsel said insolvency proceedings would help the company to shape up and not close it down.


News reports that federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide. Half of the visas are available during the first half of the year and the remaining available in the second half. In 2016, there were an extra 13,382 visas granted for seasonal work. Some Maine hotels and restaurants have limited their hours or closed off blocks of rooms because they don't have enough workers.

A senior DHS official told NBC News that businesses applying for the program must state that they will be irreparably harmed without a workforce boost, so the additional visas are consistent with an "America First" policy. "This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper".

But not everyone agrees, including Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which lobbies to keep immigration levels low in the United States. Landscaping businesses, resorts, and other seasonal employers depend on them every year.

But they said the increase was part of Trump´s "America First" effort to strengthen U.S. industry.

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