The USCIS and Department of Labor announced yesterday, July 17, that there will be a Final Regulation issued tomorrow, July 19, that will increase the number of H-2B visas by 15,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017. These additional 15,000 visas will be granted on a first come basis to those employers who attest their businesses would suffer “irreparable harm,” meaning permanent and severe loss if these additional employees are not available to work in the U.S. in H-2B status. No documentation has to be submitted with the attestation, however, the documentation to prove irreparable harm has to be maintained for three years. DOL processing times are at 30-60 days and premium processing is available for the petition with the USCIS.
The Immigration Group at Ryan Swanson is experienced in handling H-2B visas for temporary, seasonal workers and stand ready to assist employers with these visas. Please contact Janet Cheetham or Joel Paget for more information and assistance with H-2B visas.
Janet Cheetham and Joel Paget are attorneys in the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC.
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