The US Government has declared a one-time rise of 15,000 further H-2B visas for low wage international workers after deciding that the requirements of US companies cannot be happy with Americans ready and able to do the job. This is being achieved in the genuine interest of the companies, the Administration of Trump has discussed.
US companies in risk of suffering irremediable hurt due to a shortage of available non-agricultural temporary workers will be able to obtain up to 15,000 further non-agricultural temporary workers below the programme of H-2B, the Homeland Security Department stated yesterday.
Trump administration announces increase of 15,000 additional H-2B visas
Visas of H-2B are regularly for international farm workers. US companies recruit people from Latin American nations. Coming to visas of H-1B, which are the common sought following by IT professionals of India, is for highly experienced persons. H-1B visas have a threshold cap of 65,000 visas. The administration of Trump is presently reviewing its policy of H-1B Visa.
Importance of Increasing H-2B Visas
The Homeland Security Department on 01 Oct 2018 stated that it arrived at a decision on raising H-2B limit after discussing with Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labour. John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary concluded there are not sufficient enough and willing US workers ready to perform non-agricultural temporary labor to meet the requirements of some American companies in FY 2017.
H-2B Non-agricultural Temporary Worker program was created to assist US companies unable to find an adequate number of suitable U.S workers to show non-agricultural work of a short-term nature. Congress has set the yearly cap of H-2B at 66,000.
A peak of 33,000 visas of H-2B is possible during the initial half of the financial year, and the rest, including any remaining visas of H-2B, is likely starting from April 1 through September 30.
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