US Visa rules have created a scarcity of seasonal workers in the nation this spring. There is uncertainty with regards to provisional overseas workers filling seasonal jobs. This is through the H-2B Visa Program.
President of Ogden’s Design & Plantings Judy Ogden said that she requires 13 workers this year. They are needed as staff to run crews for my firm. In their absence, I do not have any workers, explained Ogden. It is almost impossible for Ogden to run her business in landscape design without workers.
The H-2B Visa is under the non-immigrant program in the US. It permits employers such as Ogden to hire overseas workers.
Along with several other East End business owners, Ogden always applied in advance. This is to ensure securing the required seasonal workers.
However, the US Visa rules were changed in 2017. The Government then starting using the system of the lottery, as quoted by the Fox 5 NY. It has become tougher after this to guess if the business will get the needed workers.
The signboards ‘Help Wanted’ just illustrate a fraction of what has become a big issue.
Ogden said that the seasonal workers arrive in April and exit in December. They arrive lawfully, pay taxes and are documented with driver’s license, she explained.
The 66,000 cap for 2019 for workers has already been exhausted. This has been notified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to employers across the US. Officials are asking the Secretary of Homeland Security to remove the cap. This is to ensure that the businesses can sail through the peak season.
US President Trump’s policies on unlawful immigration are endorsed by Lee Zeldin the US Congress member. He has also said that these are documented workers. These jobs are also not being taken up by the US citizens, he added.
Ogden’s message to the US administration is that small businesses are getting hurt. We are reliant on seasonal workers and all the Visas must be released, she adds.
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