DHS Announces Extra H-2B Visas Available during the second half of 2022
In this blog, we will be taking a look at the new announcement made by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The H-2B nonimmigrant program provides an opportunity for U.S. employers to temporarily recruit nonimmigrants to work nonagricultural labor or services in the United States. To be eligible, employment should be short-term, for a limited time period, for instance, a seasonal need, peak load need, intermittent need, or a one-time occurrence. For the H-2B program, the employer is required to fulfill conditions for wage attestation with the Department of Labor and confirm that there are not enough U.S. workers available that are willing, qualified, and able to perform the short-term work and that employing them will not negatively impact the salaries and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
This is positive news for U.S. employers who are looking to recruit nonagricultural workers on a short-term basis between the period of 1 April 2022, through 30 September 2022, or after. Applications for the H-2B visas can be submitted by employers, starting on 18 May 2022.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security published these additional visa numbers to help U.S. employers fill the labor shortages for seasonal workers.
The additional numbers will permit for 23,500 visas to be awarded to returning workers who were provided with an H-2B visa or otherwise were given H-2B status within one of the last three financial years. The 11,500 remaining visas will be reserved for citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti, whether they are returning workers or not.
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