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DHS Authorizes up to 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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H-2BWASHINGTON, D.C. - On May 8, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary final rule increasing the cap on H-2B non-immigrant visas by up to 30,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2019 (September 30, 2019).

These visas are available only to businesses which attest that they will likely suffer irreparable harm without the ability to employ all the H-2B workers requested in their petition. In addition, these visas are available only for returning workers (workers who received an H-2B visa or otherwise received granted H-2B status in one of the last three fiscal years). 

This increase is based on a time-limited statutory authority authorized by Congress in the omnibus appropriations bill that ended the government shutdown last January. This authority expires at the end of the day on Sept. 30, 2019. It does not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years.

More information can be found on the DHS website by clicking here.

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