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Reform Needed For Lasting H-2B Shortage Relief, Attys Say

By Nicole Narea (March 5, 2019, 9:41 PM EST) -- With demand for H-2B temporary nonagricultural visas outstripping supply yet again this filing period, attorneys are calling for reforms that would ensure employers are not deprived of critical seasonal workers, including not counting some returning foreign workers toward the visa cap and even eliminating the cap altogether.

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hit the congressionally mandated maximum of 33,000 H-2B visas for foreign workers needed by U.S. employers for peak periods from April to September of this year, closing out the fiscal year with 66,000 H-2B visas total doled out. As a result, many employers have been left high...

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