The US administration has offered 15,000 extra H-2B Visas for overseas workers. These are in addition to the 66,000 visas that have already been issued for the financial year 2018. This announcement has been made by the US Department of Homeland Security. Eligible petitioners can file Form I-129 for H-2B visas from this week itself.
The extra 15,000 H-2B Visas for Overseas Workers have been announced with the aim of helping US businesses that risk failure. H-2B visas ate provisional visas offered to workers in the non-agricultural sectors. These authorize the US businesses to hire overseas workers to fill provisional jobs in the non-agricultural sectors. This is subject to fulfillment of certain requirements by the workers, as quoted by the NDTV.
Kirstjen M Nielsen the Homeland Security Secretary made this announcement on 25 May 2018. It was after determining that there are inadequate qualified US workers that are available to fill provisional job vacancies in non-agricultural sectors. This is to cater to the requirements of the US businesses for the fiscal year 2018.
The decision to offer 15,000 extra H-2B Visas for Overseas Workers has been made after consultations with US authorities. These include Alexander Acosta the Labor Secretary, US Congress members, and business leaders.
The provisional H-2B Visas for workers in the non-agricultural sectors have been designed to cater to requirements of the US businesses. This is in case of their inability to identify an adequate number of eligible US workers to perform provisional non-agricultural work.
The curbs on H-2B visas were initially intended to safeguard the US workers. But in a situation when the program non-deliberately risks the US businesses, it needs to be altered. This has been announced in the press release of the DHS.
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