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H-2B Hits the First Half Visa Cap

Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WorkersWASHINGTON, D.C. – While it’s only January, the 33,000 visas allocated for the first half of the federal fiscal year, starting October 1, 2016, have been exhausted. This means that any employers expecting to receive H-2B visas for workers before April 1, 2017 will not get them.

On April 1, another 33,00 visas will become available for the second half of the fiscal year. These visas are also expected to be allocated very quickly.

Clearly, there will be worker shortages in the landscape contracting industry this season. The strong demand for H-2B workers reflects a stronger economy and tightening labor market, meaning that competition for all workers, both guest and domestic workers will be very intense.

A big question mark is what impact will the new Trump administration have on the guest worker programs. President elect-Trump has made statements on both sides of the guest worker issue during the campaign, so there is no clear pathway at this point.

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