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Latest on H-2B 6/28/18 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, June 29, 2018 12:00 AM
DOL Appropriations
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its spending bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education.  The bill continues the following provisions for last year's Omnibus Appropriations bill:  
  • Section 111. The bill continues a provision that provides flexibility with respect to the crossing of H-2B nonimmigrants working in seafood;
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House to vote on bill containing returning worker exemption for H-2B Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:00 AM

The House Judiciary Committee issued a media release outlining H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. According to the release, this bill contains a "Returning Worker Exemption for H-2B Visas: The bill now provides that any guestworker counted against the H-2B cap during either of the prior two fiscal years is not counted against the cap for the current fiscal year. The H-2B guest worker program is used by American employers to hire foreign workers for temporary and seasonal work, such as forestry, seafood processing, and other industries."

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H-2B visa lottery is complete 6-11-18 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

USCIS released the following statement today:

On May 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B petitions under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018.

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H-2B action needed this week-6/7/18 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

H-2B Letter to Congress – ACTION NEEDED BY COB ON 6/11/18

 

Please see the letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders requesting that meaningful and permanent H-2B cap relief be included in the fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The same letter will be sent to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders. ALCC has signed on to this letter. 

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USCIS announced H-2B lottery Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

From USCIS:

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. 

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Text of the H-2B rule releasing additional visas Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 01:30 PM

H-2B visa program update

 

The H-2B Workforce Coalition shared a pre-publication of the H-2B rule that will release an additional 15,000 H-2B visas.
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DHS statement on H-2B visas May 25, 2018 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, May 25, 2018 03:30 PM

H-2B visa program update

Below please find the announcement made Friday afternoon, May 25, by the Department of Homeland Security regarding the release of additional H-2B visas. This is earlier than last year's July release of additional visas.

 

 

We are awaiting additional information and will share it as soon as we receive it.

 

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Office of Public Affairs 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
 
DHS Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing
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H-2B Call-to-action May 24, 2018 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

Memorial Day is almost here. Are your workers? We need your help you get the Administration and Congress to address the H-2B cap.
Status of FY18 H-2B Visas
As you know, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary Labor, with the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 H-2B visas if she determines "that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor."  
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H-2B Workforce Coalition Update for May 9, 2018 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2019 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security. The hearing had only one panel and witness, the Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary, U.S. DHS. During the hearing, two questions were put forth regarding H-2B issues.

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H-2B help needed today, May 7 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, May 07, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B visa program update

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Status of H-2B Visas
As you know, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary Labor, with the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 H-2B visas if she determines "that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in
fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor."  

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Trump voices support for H-2B program Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, April 30, 2018 12:30 AM

H-2B visa program update

Below you'll find a link to a video of President Trump at his rally in Michigan, where he made comments in support of H-2B. Says NALP's Paul Mendelsohn, "This is the first time that he has made public comments recognizing the need for the program during his presidency. Of course, the statement could be viewed as a policy trial balloon; he made the comments in front of an extremely pro-Trump group and quite frankly the reaction he received was lukewarm at best. Regardless, it is an important development that we thought you should know about. At a minimum, we should be able to use the soundbite to our advantage as we continue our push for short-term cap relief and permanent cap-reform."

This week, many of our representatives are back in Denver. Please reach out to them and ask them for support of the H-2B visa program. Additionally, we must continue pressure on DOL and DHS to release the additional visas immediately. 

The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ooX8pufHGHg.

If you have any questions about this matter or want to get more involved in H-2B advocacy, please John McMahon at 303 757-5611.

 
H-2B Workforce Coalition Update & Call to Action April 30 2018 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, April 30, 2018 12:30 AM

H-2B visa program update

Status of H-2B Visas
As you know, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary Labor, with the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 H-2B visas if she determines "that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor."  

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Update on House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee hearing (H-2B) Email
LAB
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 01:30 PM

H-2B visa program updateH-2B update from our lobbyist in D.C.:

The House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee is currently holding a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen. Dr. Andy Harris (R-MD) spoke about the importance of the H-2B program. He said that DHS has already certified over 80,000 H-2B positions, which clearly shows the need is there and he mentioned that many downstream American jobs are dependent on H-2B workers. He asked when DHS will determine the number of visas needed, and how quickly it will re-open processing.

Secretary Nielsen said that she will be consulting with Labor Secretary Acosta, as is required by the law, in the next few days and that a decision will be made soon, after DHS consults with a few other constituencies. She said the intention of the program is certainly not to put American businesses out of business or to hurt American jobs. She also asked Rep. Harris to work with DHS over the next year to determine the number of workers needed and said that it is hard when Congress gives DHS this discretionary authority and DHS does not have the needed data. She also thinks the seasonal division of the cap does not work and a better approach is needed and asked Dr. Harris to also work with DHS on that issue.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) added his support for Dr. Harris' comments.  

The hearing is still going on. You can view it at: https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=395210

The ALCC will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them. There is not currently a plan for a “fly in”, but we will let you know if circumstances change.

In the meantime, we are updating our H-2B data. If you have not received all your H-2B workers, please let me know how many you have requested and how many you received, plus any information regarding the impacts of not receiving your H-2B workers has on your business. 

 
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