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DHS Releases All H-2B Visas Due To Ongoing Labor Shortages

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue more than 130,000 H-2B visas for seasonal workers allowed by law this year. DHS announced on October 12, 2022, that for the first time ever, due to ongoing labor shortages. DHS will:

make available to employers an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023, on top of the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally available each fiscal year.

The additional H-2B visa includes an allocation of 20,000 visas to workers from Haiti and the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Who Qualifies For An H-2B Visas?

Foreign seasonal workers are in demand in areas where there are too few U.S. workers available, or unwilling to work at that type of job or pay level. American businesses require temporary foreign seasonal workers include:

  • hospitality and tourism
  • landscaping and forestry
  • construction
  • food services
  • janitorial services
  • seafood processing

The H-2B program provides seasonal temporary work authorization to noncitizens that are hired for temporary labor or services in the United States and allow employers to bring foreign national workers to the United States for temporary, seasonal, nonagricultural jobs.

  • The employment must be for a limited period of time, such as a one-time occurrence, seasonal, or intermittent need.
  • Employers seeking to hire H-2B workers must obtain a certification from the Department of Labor. It must prove there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to work.
  • They must prove that the employment of the H-2B workers will not affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

Do You Need New To Hire H-2B Visa Workers?

If you need assistance with H-2B visas, contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office. Godoy Law Office is an established immigration law firm in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois, with attorneys ready to help you apply for legal immigration status if you are eligible. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322.  

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