In less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security placed 15,000 additional visas for temporary workers into circulation, it was inundated with petitions and announced it was cutting off further applications and would select recipients through a computer-generated selection process. Even for club and resort properties that have their petitions selected, however, there […]
A provision in the House of Representatives’ spending bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to increase H-2B visas after the Department of Labor certifies that American workers were unwilling or unable to fill seasonal positions. The total increase in the visas would be limited to about 120,000, up from the current cap of […]
The extremely high number of applications has prompted the Office of Foreign Labor Certification to process applications as they’re received instead of in batches. Employers that want visas for the second allotment period, April 1 through September 30, 2018, are urged to apply immediately before the 33,000 cap is met. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) […]
Multiple factors, including shifts in worker demographics as baby boomer workers retire and fewer available H-2B visas, have contributed to the shortage. “This is about as tough as it’s ever been,” said Mark Ronnei, General Manager of Grand View Lodge in Niswa, Minn.
Current law limits the number of H-2B visas issued to 66,000 a year, but a provision in the budget bill passed through Congress this week would allow that number to double. According to the Department of Labor, the 66,000 cap has already been reached this year, and visas for more than 120,000 positions were requested.
The rules affecting visas for temporary H-2B workers go into effect immediately and amount to a full program overhaul—and “not in a good way” for club and resort properties, according to the National Club Association.