The United States will approve 22,000 H2-B visas for seasonal work. In addition, the annual limit set by Congress is 66,000.
Washington As the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, the administration of President Joe Biden announced today that the number of temporary workers who can work in the United States will increase this year.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that in addition to the 66,000 annual limit set by Congress, the United States will approve 22,000 H2-B visas for seasonal work. He mentioned the increase in demand from employers because the number of people requesting unemployment benefits is at the lowest point since the outbreak of Covid-19.
The H2-B visa program has received bipartisan support in Congress and businesses across the country. It is used to fill jobs in landscaping, construction, hotels and restaurants, meat and seafood processing plants, and amusement parks.
Last year, President Donald Trump approved another 35,000 H-2B visas that exceeded the annual limit, but three months later, he suspended the program and other foreign worker programs under a far-reaching executive order. Biden let the order expire.
Employers must prove that if they do not receive foreign workers in accordance with the plan, they will suffer “irreparable harm.”
When announcing this year’s supplementary annual increase, the Department of Homeland Security said it would reserve 6,000 visas for people from the northern delta countries of Central America (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). Central Americans fighting the pandemic, the aftermath of the two hurricanes and long-standing problems, accounted for a large portion of the increasing number of immigrants trying to enter the United States along the Mexican border.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said that the surge in visas reflects the Biden administration’s goal of “expanding legal channels of opportunity for the United States” for the people of the northern triangle.