Homeland Security to allow 15000 more visas for seasonal workers

Homeland Security to allow 15000 more visas for seasonal workers

Coincidentally, the government enacted the motion to let more temporary foreign workers into the country, as U.S. President Donald Trump declared "Made In America" week and pledged to advocate for U.S. workers.

Federal officials said there were not enough qualified and willing American workers available to perform certain types of temporary nonagricultural work.

Many businesses and members of congress have pleaded with Kelly to issue the visas, citing an urgent need for workers. Most of the American businesses, in particularly, those in the Silicon Valley say that there is a huge shortage of highly skilled people in the USA and have been urging the Trump administration to increase the visa cap.

The H-2B nonimmigrant visa program US employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring low skilled foreign workers to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.

The temporary visas had previously been capped at 66,000 for the fiscal year.

"We're talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm if they don't get additional H-2B workers", the official said. The seafood industry is among the top sectors requesting seasonal help, followed closely by the landscaping and tourism industries.

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 United States needs more foreign workers to keep some American businesses from floundering, according to a decision announced by US officials Monday.

The White House recently invited a number of technology company chief executives, including Tim Cook of Apple, for a brainstorming session that included the H-1B policy. 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.

Jane Nichols Bishop, who runs an agency in Mashpee, Massachusetts, that works to secure visas for local businesses, said earlier this month that the H2B program serves to fill temporary, often minimum-wage jobs that Americans don't apply for.

The Trump administration on Monday kicked off a three-week Made in America campaign to promote US-made products and encourage U.S. businesses to hire more Americans.

As both the Palm Beach Post and CNN have reported, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club utilizes the H-2B visa program to hire seasonal workers.

The DHS believes that there is a gap between the demands of businesses and the number of "qualified and willing US workers", and announced on Monday that they are looking into increasing the number of seasonal workers granted access into the United States. "Still, we will take any help and it could have a positive impact for the latter part of our season, and especially during Maine's increasingly important period from Labor Day through Columbus Day".

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