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AmericanHort Update on Additional 30,000 H-2B Visas

Wednesday, May 8, 2019   (0 Comments)

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement
MaryBethC@AmericanHort.org
614-884-1137 Direct

 

AmericanHort Update on Additional 30,000 H-2B Visas

The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor plan to officially release a rule tomorrow that kicks off an application process for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for fiscal 2019.  These visas will be limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2017 or 2018).

Beginning tomorrow, May 8, employers with a valid Department of Labor temporary labor certification for a start date of April 1 can apply directly to the Department of Homeland Security - US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without re-advertising or going back through the DOL process, provided that their visa petitions are submitted to USCIS before the expiration of their labor certification, which should run through May 14.  

Employers will also need to submit an attestation form that without H-2B workers, the employer will suffer “irreparable harm” or permanent and severe financial loss.  The attestation form will be available tomorrow from the Department of Labor.  It should be posted at this page:  https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/form.cfm

After May 14, employers will need to re-advertise jobs and file a new application for labor certification with DOL. 

You can view a pre-publication copy of the rule at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-09500.pdf.

 

About AmericanHort

Green industry businesses perform better, grow faster and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association. With a rich history of serving horticultural professionals, AmericanHort supports nearly 14,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $196 billion, and sustain over 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs. 

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