The administration of US president, Donald Trump has made plans to add more 30,000 foreign workers into the US labor force on a temporary basis for seasonal jobs till the end of September. This move has shown that the country’s growing economy is frustrating the government’s efforts to cut down on legal immigration.
The details of this plan are in a draft rule which the Associated Press has obtained. Oyster-shucking companies, loggers and seasonal hotels like Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, fisheries will benefit from this plan since they all use these visas to employ foreign workers temporarily for work which according to them, Americans won’t do.
According to the plan, the visas — which are known as H-2B visas — will only be issued to return applicants who have previously been granted the visa in the last three fiscal years. Many of the temporary workers return to their initial employers every year. According to the officials, these workers have already proven that they have a low likelihood of overstaying their visas. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications from employers on behalf of the temporary workers the moment the temporary rule is published today as expected, in the Federal Register.
The strong economy of the US has made it highly complicated and challenging for employers to find hands to fill in vacancies, and the seasonal visas have a cap of 66,000 visas placed on it for each fiscal year. Some lawmakers and businesses have said that the 66,000 visa cap is grossly outdated, especially at this time when the rate of unemployment in the country has hit its lowest for 49 years.
Businesses could suffer without this seasonal visa route
Officials from the Department of Labor and Homeland Security have said they plan to introduce the visa route was partly based on the fact that the inability to employ workers could cause irreparable harm to some businesses. Jointly, the two departments increased the cap in the last two fiscal years.
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