DHS announces increase in number of H-2B worker visas

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2021 | Immigration |

U.S. Immigration has recently made an announcement regarding immigration of temporary workers. Residents of New York City and New York State and Orlando, Florida as well as those living in Germany may want to learn more about these recent changes.

As the American economy bounces back, there will be a need for new workers. With this in mind, there will be an increase of 22,000 visas; these are for the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker program.

Certain countries targeted

With the goal of providing more safe and orderly processing of asylum seekers at the border, 6,000 of the visas are set aside for nationals from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This is consistent with President’s Executive Order 14010, expanding lawful pathways for opportunities in the U.S.

Employers must certify there are not enough workers

To make sure that the jobs are not wanted or qualified by U.S. workers, employers must certify in a petition. Also, one condition is that the new temporary work will not affect the wages and conditions of similar American employed workers.

A focus of seasonal jobs

DHS wants to expand the immigration opportunity for Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) countries by offering legal pathways to opportunity in the United States. Vacancies in jobs have appeared during the summer months; they need filling by workers to prevent revenue losses by the business.

Employers must prove that harm will come if they do not have the workers. Businesses will be able to immediately hire H-2B workers; these workers may already be present in the United States. Congress has set the H-2B visa cap at 66,000 per year. If you need help with immigration issues, it may be wise to consult a lawyer with this type of knowledge and experience.