Bloomberg Law
April 2, 2020, 5:28 PM

Extra Seasonal Guestworker Visas on Hold Due to Pandemic

Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas

Supplemental seasonal, non-agricultural guestworker visas are on hold indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The additional 35,000 H-2B visas were announced March 5. The first wave of 20,000 visas was supposed to be released April 1, with another 15,000 to come May 15. DHS said in a tweet that the rule governing the H-2B cap “is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances. No additional H-2B visas will be released until further notice.”

The agency said it is now focusing efforts on “measures to protect American workers now and when normal ...

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