Trump administration will issue up to 15,000 new visas

H-2B visas let American businesses fill temporary, low-wage jobs, such as in hospitality, landscaping, and construction, a report by ABC News said.
By Cliff Mooneyham | Jul 19, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it will issue as many as 15,000 additional visas, known as H-2B visas, to help with seasonal shortages suffered by American businesses, especially in the tourism sector.

H-2B visas let American businesses fill temporary, low-wage jobs, such as in hospitality, landscaping, and construction, a report by ABC News said.

"Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, in a statement, as reported by The New York Times. "As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, D.H.S. is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap."

According to a senior D.H.S. official, Kelly decided there were "not enough U.S. workers who are willing, qualified and able to perform temporary, non-agricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses," the ABC News report said.

To qualify for a seasonal visa, a business has to demonstrate and attest under penalty of perjury that it will suffer "irreparable harm" or permanent and severe financial loss. The business also must show that it has tried and failed to fill job vacancies with domestic workers.

"For some, it's not enough and it's way too late," said immigration lawyer Dan Kowalski, in The New York Times report. "For other employers, the attestation is too daunting."

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