Washington, DC - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) published the draft rule that will allow small businesses to begin applying for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for returning workers for Fiscal Year 2019. To qualify as a returning worker, the worker must have received an H-2B visa or otherwise been granted H-2B status during one of the last three fiscal years. The draft rule will allow businesses to start applying for these additional visas later in the week.
“The Departments of Labor and Homeland Security are doing the right thing by providing much needed relief to small business owners in Massachusetts, and across the nation, who rely on the H-2B program,” said Congressman William Keating. “I have fought hard on Capitol Hill to form a bipartisan coalition that works to bring common-sense relief for our seasonal business. I hope that the issuance of this joint rule will create a path for businesses to meet their staffing needs as opposed to placing additional regulatory burdens on small businesses who have already complied with the Departments’ strict guidelines.”