H2-B Visa Additional Quota Announcement!

h2-b visa additional quota

The Biden administration, which has recently been the target of criticism for its immigration practices , has offered a new solution as an alternative to irregular migration. DHS (Department of Homeland Security), USCIS and DOL (Department of Labor) have increased the number of H-2B visas to be issued in fiscal year 2024. Normally, 66,000 H-2B visas are issued each fiscal year. Next year, an additional 64,716 visas will be available.

American companies that employ seasonal workers in areas such as tourism and hospitality, landscaping and seafood can have difficulty meeting the needs of consumers. According to USCIS, this additional package will meet the need for these workers in regions where there are few American workers. In this way, it will also contribute to the American economy.

The additional visas will be available at the beginning of the 2024 fiscal year, allowing American businesses with labor needs to plan ahead. The Departments will make these additional visas available at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2024. This will allow American businesses in need of labor to plan ahead and help them find the seasonal and temporary workers they need.

New App, New Hopes!

Within the scope of the new application, protections for foreign workers coming to work in the US with H-2B visas will also be increased. The Biden Administration also announced that a new task force will be established to protect the rights of these workers.

20,000 of the 64,716 additional visas will be granted to workers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras. Thus, workers from these countries will be offered an alternative to illegal migration.

The remaining 44,716 visa quotas will be available to workers who have received H-2B visas or status in the last three fiscal years.

The H-2B visa program allows employers to temporarily hire non-citizens for non-agricultural jobs in the United States. Employment under this visa must be seasonal or intermittent and temporary. Workers can stay in the US for a maximum of 3 years with this visa. Those who will apply for an H-2B visa again after completing this period must leave the US before requesting readmission. After leaving, they must stay outside the US for three months without interruption.

Source: USCIS

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