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Homeland Security Authorizes 15,000 Additional H-2B Visas

Friday, June 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Secretary of Homeland Security announced May 31 that she had made the decision to increase by 15,000 the number of H-2B visas available in FY 2018.

Under authority granted to her in the omnibus budget reconciliation bill, Homeland Security Secretary Nielson had the authority to increase the available H-2B visas by up to 62,000.

Demand was so great that the Department of Homeland Security halted receipt of applications for the additional visas within a week on June 6.

PLNA is working with our national counterparts AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) to add the H-2B returning worker provision or language to allow the Homeland Security Secretary to increase the available visas in the coming budget bill that must be passed by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

To help us lobby Congress on fixing H-2B here are several things that you can do to help:

  1. If the lack of H-2B workers are hurting your business, please send a letter on your company letterhead to your Congressman and Senators, with a copy either by email or regular mail to grobertson@PLNA.com or PO Box 352, Annville, PA  17003-0352. We will use these letters in our lobbying efforts with Congress.
  2. Call your Congressman and Senators and tell them your story.
  3. Meet with your Congressman and Senators in their home office when they are back in the district over the July 4th recess. Call their office now to set up that meeting. You can find their addresses and phone numbers on the PLNA website by following this link.

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