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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:28

Trump’s ‘American First’ promise leads to Homeland Security adding 15,000 seasonal visas

Written by  Esther Yu Hsi Lee

Just as President Donald Trump kicks off his “Made in America” theme week based on his promise to “hire American, buy American,” the federal government announced plans to rapidly increase the number of temporary foreign workers in the United States this year.

The federal government will immediately add 15,000 seasonal visas to fill temporary H-2B nonagricultural jobs for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency officials told reporters on a press call Monday, beyond the annual cap of 66,000 visas allotted for this current fiscal year.

DHS officials said that this increase is a “one-time exemption” this year, explaining that some U.S. businesses are facing a dire labor shortage that could lead their companies to financial ruin.

Employers use H-2B visas to hire foreign workers to work in certain nonagricultural jobs when domestic workers can’t be found. For the government to grant these visas, employers must prove that they need immigrant workers after exhausting every option to recruit domestic workers. Specific U.S. Department of Labor requirements include posting advertisements on two separate days to hire domestically and soliciting the return of U.S. workers employed during the previous year.

H-2B visa holders remain lawfully employed anywhere between four and ten months.

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