Washington Report

Advocacy Updates from Washington D.C.

Administration Increases Seasonal Worker Visas

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor have increased the number of H-2B non-immigrant, non-agricultural visas by an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year 2018. This increase is based on current statutory authority and does not apply to the H-2B program in future fiscal years.

The H-2B Visa program allows short-term temporary workers to work in the U.S. and is not a path to citizenship. The program has a cap of 66,000 visas, which typically is reached within the first 4-6 months of the year. NAR supports this visa program because these workers play a valuable role in maintaining resort and second home properties and communities, such as landscapers, waitstaff and lifeguards.        

NAR also supports reforms to the H-2B program that make the visas more transparent and accountable, offer jobs to seasonal foreign workers without taking away opportunities from Americans and reduces regulatory burdens on employers.

View the Rule Published on May 31