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US announces 20,000 additional H-2B visas

Reuters
US announces 20,000 additional H-2B visas

A migrant mother seeking asylum in the U.S. from Ukraine holds her daughter near the border fence while waiting to be processed by the U.S. border patrol after crossing the border from Mexico at Yuma, Arizona, U.S., January 22, 2022. REUTERS/Go Nakamura

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The visas are aimed at helping US employers that face irreparable harm if they cannot get additional workers on or before March 31, 2022, says a statement by the departments of Homeland Security and Labor

WASHINGTON, DC, USA –The US government said on Thursday, January 27, it would grant an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year, in an attempt to ease the US labor crunch.

The visas are aimed at helping US employers that face irreparable harm if they cannot get additional workers on or before March 31, 2022, the departments of Homeland Security and Labor said in a statement.

“We are providing employers with the resources and support needed to sustain their businesses while expanding lawful pathways to the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

The additional visas will become available to employers on January 28, 2022, DHS said, adding that they come at a time of record job growth and reduced labor force participation.

DHS said 13,500 of the visas are available to returning workers who received an H-2B visa, or were otherwise granted H-2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years. The remaining 6,500 are for people from Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. – Rappler.com