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H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2019

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On December 11, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B visa cap for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year had been reached. The final receipt date was Thursday, December 6. This is approximately three weeks earlier than the cap was hit in FY2018.

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Proposed Recruitment Change for H-2B Visas

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On November 9, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) jointly proposed a rule to modernize the recruitment provisions employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers must conduct when applying for a temporary labor certification.

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Department of Labor Launches H-2B Compliance Initiative for Hotel & Landscape Industries

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In September, the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced two nationwide initiatives to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program.  

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FY2018 Spending Package Impacts H-2B Visas, Proposed Tip Rules, and More

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HR 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, was passed by Congress on March 22. Two specific policy provisions were included in the Act, which impact the club industry specifically: Read more... (log in required).

2018 H-2B Visa Supply Exhausted

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received requests for approximately 47,000 H-2B visas for the second half of FY2018. As a result, USCIS conducted a lottery on February 28, and randomly selected enough petitions to meet the 33,000 visa cap. For all petitions which were not selected, USCIS will reject and refund all associated fees.   Read more...  (log in required). 

H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2018

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On December 21, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B visa cap for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year had been reached. This is almost a month earlier than the cap was hit in FY2017. Read more... (log in required)

Bills Would Make Returning Worker Exemption Permanent

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take-actionSenators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) have introduced s.792, the “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017.”

In the House of Representatives, Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Andy Harris (R-MD), Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH) sponsored HR 2004, the "Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (Season) Act."

This bipartisan legislation is designed to make substantial reforms, aimed to help seasonal employers better navigate the H-2B visa program, including the reinstatement of the “returning worker exemption.”

This provision allows workers who have successfully used the program in the past to be exempted from the annual cap of 66,000 visas. The exemption was in place in FY2016, but Congress failed to extend the provision for FY2017.

As of March 13, H-2B visas have been exhausted for the 2017 fiscal year which may severely impact seasonal businesses including clubs and hospitality in securing workers for their summer seasons.   

Register your support for this measure with your US Senator through www.clubindustryvotes.org