In a bid to meet the demand for temporary nonagricultural workers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have announced an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary worker visas for Fiscal Year 2024, supplementing the mandated 66,000 visas. This expansion benefits sectors like hospitality and tourism, ensuring businesses have the needed workforce during peak seasons.
The move aligns with the Biden Administration’s commitment to legal pathways, reducing irregular migration. Stricter protections are in place, ensuring employers prioritize American workers and preventing the exploitation of foreign workers.
Specifically, 20,000 visas are allocated for workers from specific countries namely Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras, and 44,716 visas are set aside for returning workers in the last three fiscal years. The H-2B program facilitates temporary nonagricultural labor, allowing businesses to hire noncitizens for seasonal or intermittent tasks.
This expansion strengthens the economy, maintains a resilient workforce, and discourages irregular migration, contributing to a robust and prosperous nation.
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