Administration Approves 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will issue an additional 30,000 H-2B guest worker visas for fiscal year 2019, which ends Sept. 30. This will be in addition to the annual allotment of 66,000 visas, all of which have already been claimed this year. H-2B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary non-agricultural services or labor — including construction work — on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. The 30,000 additional visas will only be available to workers who came into the United States on an H-2B visa in any of the three prior years. To receive the visas, employers will be required to attest that their business will likely suffer "irreparable harm" if they do not have access to additional workers. Given the chronic labor shortages facing the home building industry, NAHB has been urging both Congress and DHS to expand the number of H-2B visas available each year, including restoring an exemption for returning H-2B workers from counting toward the program's annual statutory cap. For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.

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