dglobalnews.com DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas
Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

Starting this week, eligible petitioners for H-2B visas can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and must submit a supplemental attestation on Form ETA 9142-B-CAA with their petition.

The decision, announced on Monday, would grant up to 15,000 temporary foreign workers permission to work in the United States under the H-2B visa program.

The H-2B program now has an annual cap of 66,000 visas and a maximum of 33,000 visas are available during the first half of the fiscal year and then the remainder and any unused H-2B visas become available from April 1 through September. While trainers have complained about the availability of backstretch workers for years, concern has mounted over the past 12 months due to anti-immigrant rhetoric from the presidential administration and its base. The extra visas will be available to companies that can show that their businesses would be harmed if they can't temporarily hire foreigner workers.

He said the additional visas were a "one-time extension" of the visa cap set by Congress.

"It would be great, for the long-term benefit, to get an independent piece of legislation that can affect the H-2B visas such that it is not constantly an amendment to the appropriations budget bill", Hamelback said. USCIS will stop accepting petitions after September 15 or after the cap is reached, whichever occurs first.

Businesses have been actively pushing for an increase in H-2B program, arguing that there are not enough Americans that are willing to fulfill their temporary employment need.

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The programme is created to fill unskilled jobs that Americans do not want, but American companies need to fill in order to keep their business going. As a reminder, in December 2015, House Speaker Paul Ryan inserted into the FY 2016 omnibus a provision that exempted from the H-2B cap all low skilled workers admitted between 2013 and 2015. Under the H-2 visa program, employers must also attest that they have made every effort to hire domestically.

"This is yet another example of the administration and congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first", he told The Washington Post. But lawmakers from several states, as well as the business community and pro-immigration advocates, had pressured the administration to issue these visas, saying businesses were unable to fill the posts they needed with U.S. workers.

Mar-a-Lago's 64 workers on H-2B visas come primarily from Haiti and Romania.

FAIR previously warned the administration against increasing the number of low-skilled guest workers when Secretary Kelly first announced he was inclined to do so.

While applicant spots must be shared with other members of the H-2B coalition, the cap increase provides a measured boost to the Thoroughbred industy.

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