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EPA continues plan to repeal 2015 WOTUS definition Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, July 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the notice Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Recodification of Preexisting Rule.

According to NALP, they "anticipate a new definition of WOTUS in late 2018."

 
H-2B outreach needed today July 23, 2018 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Monday, July 23, 2018 12:00 AM

In preparation for Wednesday’s House FY 19 Homeland Security Appropriations markup, please do the following:

1. Ask your Representative to sign onto the letter to the Appropriations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member that Reps. Bergman and Keating are circulating. The deadline for signatures is noon tomorrow.

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Call reps to support H-2B visa program 7-20-18 Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, July 20, 2018 12:00 AM

H-2B updateYesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security passed its Fiscal 2019 appropriations bill. The measure does not currently include any H-2B cap relief. We are hopeful that an H-2B returning worker exemption will be added during the full committee markup on the bill on Wednesday. Reps. Harris (R-MD), Cuellar (D-TX) and others will offer the amendment. In order for an H-2B fix to be added to the bill, we need you to do the following TODAY:

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No more H-2B visas to be released this year? Email
LAB
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, July 13, 2018 12:00 AM
From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:
Please see the DHS response to the letter that Reps. Harris, Bergman, Keating, Pingree and the numerous other Members sent asking DHS to release additional H-2B visas. View/download the response.
 
In the letter, DHS says it will not release any more visas this year.  We need your continued help to reach out to Congress. Please do the following:
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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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