15,000 Additional Temporary Non-Agricultural Work Visas Approved Under H2-B Program In Excess Of Standard 66,000 Cap

 In Economy, Immigration   Last Updated: July 21, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a “numerical increase of up to 15,000” additional H2-B “Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program” visas for the remainder of the fiscal year (July 2017 until September 30 2017).  The standard annual limit of H2-B visas is 66,000, and non-renewable applications are submitted by local employers.

The H-2B visas are designed for non-agricultural workers for jobs in a variety of businesses, including fisheries, construction, hotels, restaurants and resorts. The Trump Organization is among the firms that use the visas, including workers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the temporary increase was “to provide temporary relief to American businesses at risk of significant harm due to a lack of available seasonal workers“.




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US to Admit 15,000 Additional Temporary Workers This Year: DHS.” Fox Business. Fox Business, 17 July 2017. Web. 21 July 2017.

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