H2B Extensions

Federal Government to Raise Cap on H2B Visas

In response to pressure from Congress to address the increasing demand for seasonal workers as summer approaches, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen has agreed to raise the cap on H2B employee visas by 30,000 for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year... Read more

Employers in the U.S. have already filed more visa applications for H-2B foreign guest workers to begin work this spring and summer than are available for the entire fiscal year, according to the Department of Labor (DOL)... Read more

What is the H-2B Cap?

There is a statutory numerical limit, or "cap," on the total number of foreign nationals who may be issued an H-2B visa or otherwise granted H-2B status during a fiscal year (FY). Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at...

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The new amendment will allow CEOs to hire H-2B workers from the two prior years without counting them under the 66,000 annual cap. That legal trick will give CEOs a population of up to 198,000 H-2B workers to... 

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The Cook County Chamber of Commerce is searching for options to reduce the local tourism industry's reliance on seasonal foreign worker visas.

The concern is that, given the national climate regarding immigrants, the H-2B temporary worker visas on which many tourism businesses in Cook County rely is "so politically vulnerable," said Chamber Executive Director Jim Boyd.


"While it's great the employers this year got the workers they needed through H-2B, at least the large employers, it feels good that we're trying at least to take our fate into our own hands to some degree and not be so totally dependent on the political whims in Washington — are they going to like the program this year, are they going to hate it? We're trying to be masters of our own fate," Boyd said.

Tourism accounts for more than 80 percent of the county's economy, while the remaining businesses are indirectly affected by tourism. Businesses turn to the H-2B visas to fill positions because... read more