Federal government to issue 35,000 additional H-2B visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that an additional 35,000 H-2B visas will be made available to employers across the country to fill seasonal jobs – an increase of 5,000 compared to the additional visas allotted last year – for returning workers awarded a seasonal visa in at least one of the last three fiscal years. In December, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) led a bipartisan letter that was signed by 14 Senators to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, urging him to release these visas to allow Maine small businesses to hire additional temporary employees and help support their operations during the busy summer tourist season.  In January, Senator King and Representative Chellie Pingree led a letter that was signed by 189 Members of Congress, including Senator Collins and Representative Jared Golden, urging Acting Secretary Wolf to immediately increase the statutory cap of H-2B visas.

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