Congress Expands H-2B Availability Through FY2017 Spending Package

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The FY2017 spending package will provide much-needed relief to clubs and other seasonal employers who rely on H-2B visas to fill peak season jobs at their businesses. A provision included in the measure would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to adjust the annual limit of 66,000 visas. The increase would be limited to no more than the maximum number of visas issued in years when the returning worker exemption was in effect. It is estimated the new cap could be approximately 84,000.  

Prior to this move, the H-2B visa cap had been met on March 13, 2017. Without this action, no further visas would have been available until October 1. 

While this action fills the immediate need to help seasonal businesses this year, long-term reform is still needed. Legislation pending in both houses - s.792, the “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017” and HR 2004, the "Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (Season) Act" would make the returning worker exemption permanent as well as other reforms to the program.

Register your support for permanent reform with your Congressional representation through www.clubindustryvotes.org

Posted by Will Flourance at 05/05/2017 03:23:59 PM | 


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