Bloomberg Law
Feb. 25, 2019, 4:30 PM

Eyes on Homeland Security as Seasonal Worker Visas Run Out Again

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

Seasonal guestworker visas have run out for the spring and summer, cutting off a supply of foreign labor to industries such as landscaping, amusement, and resorts.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Feb. 22 announced that it had conducted a lottery for the H-2B visa petitions it had received as of Feb. 19. This is the second time the agency has held a lottery for the visas because of the extent to which demand has outpaced supply.

The ball is now in the court of the USCIS’ parent agency, the Homeland Security Department, as to whether an increased supply of the ...