Employers that rely on H-2B seasonal guestworker visas could be faced with a double lottery as the Labor Department considers new ways to handle the massive influx of applications.
The DOL’s electronic application system, iCERT, crashed Jan. 1 when employers clambered to file their applications for the spring season on the first day they were allowed to apply. Employers that day sought certification from the agency for 97,800 H-2B workers even though only 33,000 visas are available.
The system went back online the afternoon of Jan. 7.
H-2B visas are popular in industries such as landscaping, resorts, amusement, and seafood ...