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No more H-2B visas to be released this year? Email
LAB
Written by John McMahon   
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 John McMahon   
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;
  • Section 112. The bill continues a provision related to the wage methodology under the H-2B program; and
  • Section 113. The bill continues a provision regarding the three- fourths guarantee and definitions of corresponding employment and temporary need for purposes of the H-2B program.  

The House Appropriations Committee postponed a planned markup of its version of the bill.  That bill includes only the provision related to the staggered crossing of seafood workers. The H-2B Workforce Coalition will continue to advocate for the inclusion of all of the Senate measures in a final appropriations bill.

DHS Appropriations
We expect the House Appropriations Committee to take up its funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security later this month.  The H-2B Workforce Coalition continues to lobby of meaningful and permanent cap relief to in included in that legislation.
DOL Processing Procedures
DOL plans to publish a Federal Register notice on Monday related to H-2B processing. Beginning 7/3/18, DOL will log filings by the millisecond, using Eastern time for deadlines, and assign cases to analysts in the order they are received.
 
House to vote on bill containing returning worker exemption for H-2B Email
LAB
Written by John McMahon   
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 John McMahon   
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 John McMahon   
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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