Bloomberg Law
Sept. 1, 2016, 10:17 PM

Labor Department Allowing Streamlined H-2B Processing

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

Effective Sept. 1, employers seeking H-2B guestworker visas won’t have to submit supporting documentation to the Labor Department that proves that their need for foreign workers is temporary.

Rather, employers just need to fill out the section of the labor certification application that allows them to describe how their need is temporary, usually a year or less at a time, the department announced.

H-2B guestworker visas are reserved for low-skilled workers outside the agriculture industry. To hire the workers, employers must first apply for labor certification, the DOL’s way of determining that employing foreign workers won’t displace U.S. workers ...

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