Push to Raise H-2B Visa Cap

As the labor shortage continues unabated, notwithstanding record low unemployment rates, efforts are underway to increase the limit on H-2B Visas. Along with others, the Travel Industry is urging the Biden administration to raise the cap following news early this month that the limit for the second half of the current fiscal year (FY22) had…

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H-2B Visas Blocked & Restaurant Recovery Fund Filed

Earlier this week, President Trump made good on his promise and signed an Executive Order suspending the H-2B Visa program through the balance of the calendar year, but he also provided exemptions for workers in food supply chains and workers whose entry is deemed in the national interest. The suspension, which also includes the H-1B…

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Feds Considering H-2B Visa Increase

In a budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Homeland Security this week, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reported that a decision on raising the cap for the temporary non-agricultural guest worker H-2B visa program will be made “very shortly.” The H-2B program is currently capped at 66,000 visas issued…

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H-2B Advertising Rule Published

On Wednesday of this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule that rescinds newspaper advertising requirements for employers seeking to hire H-2B workers. The final rule, which is being published in the Federal Register today, won’t replace the existing requirement that employers place print advertisements with one that requires employers to…

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Administration Doubles H-2B Visas

In an obvious nod to the expanding economy and the exceedingly tight labor market, the Trump administration will make an additional 30,000 H-2B visas available through September. In press releases and letters announced by several Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, the H-2B program will see available visas nearly double what has…

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H-2B Expansion & New Overtime Rule

A bipartisan group of 11 US Senators are advocating that the Trump administration increase, yet again – this time, doubling – the number of H-2B visas available for the current fiscal year. Maine’s two Senators, Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King, wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging DHS Secretary…

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DOL Alters H-2B Process, Hikes Fines

Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it was altering the procedure by which H-2B Visa applications will be processed. The change results from the system crash that DOL experienced early in January when the flood of H-2B visa applications overwhelmed and crashed their system. Going forward, all applications filed on…

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H-2B Visas System Down

DOL’s problems of late aren’t limited to their inability to meeting their regulatory goals. The Department’s computer system to handle applications for temporary work visas (H-2B Visas) crashed earlier this week in the face of unprecedented demand. According to the DOL Employment and Training Administration, just under 100,000 foreign workers applied for the 33,000 visas…

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Homeland Adds 15,000 H-2B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security ended the speculation this week when it announced the issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary foreign workers in seasonal non-agricultural sectors. Although Congress had authorized the government to more than double the 66,000 H-2B visa limit, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly decided not to go anywhere near…

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Good News, Bad News on Labor Front

With the tight employment market, many franchisees have advised of the difficulties they’re encountering with getting sufficient help to keep their stores fully staffed and running smoothly. Well, there appears to be some relief on the way as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent a new H-2B Rule to the Office of Management and…

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