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15,000 Additional Seasonal Worker Visas to Be Allowed in 2017

July 17, 2017, 3:03 PM

Businesses will have access to an additional 15,000 seasonal worker visas in fiscal year 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

The visas won’t be limited to any specific industry, geographic location, or type of employer but only will go to those businesses that attest they will suffer “irreparable harm” if they can’t bring on additional foreign workers on H-2B visas, senior DHS officials said July 17. The agency is defining irreparable harm as “permanent and severe financial loss,” they said during a press call.

Employers can send H-2B petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—the DHS agency that ...