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Biden admin grants 64,000+ extra H-2B seasonal visas, 20,000 to Haiti and Central America
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The Biden administration announced this week that it will grant an additional 64,000 H-2B seasonal worker visas on top of the already nearly doubled standard amount typically available each year, sparking concern from at least one top Republican.
The Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced that they would be issuing a regulation to add an additional 64,716 temporary nonagricultural worker visas for FY 2021, on top of the 66,000 H-2B authorized by Congress.
The visas are used to give temporary legal status to workers in seasonal occupations such as landscaping and hotel and restaurant work. Employers must certify that there are not enough U.S. workers who are qualified and willing to fill the spots, and that it will not hurt the wages and conditions of other workers.
But the program has proved controversial, with both Republicans and Democrats expressing concern about abuse of vulnerable employees, and fears that it incentivizes companies to employ cheap labor from abroad rather than Americans.
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