Bloomberg Law
Feb. 14, 2019, 8:20 PM

Seasonal Guestworker Visas Would Get Boost Under Spending Bill

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

The Homeland Security Department again would be handed authority to increase seasonal worker visas under a legislative package aimed at keeping the federal government open.

The language in the bill released late Feb. 13 mirrors that included in government funding measures for the prior two fiscal years.

The DHS would be permitted to increase H-2B visa numbers for fiscal year 2019 up to the maximum allocated in laws allowing businesses to hire guestworkers who previously participated in the program and not have them count against the annual cap. That translates to roughly double the regular cap of 66,000 visas per ...