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Apr 21, 2021

DHS Has Announced an Additional 22,000 Visas for the H-2B Visa Program

Amy Jill Novak

After considerable pressure from small business owners and H-2B industry supporters, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to release an additional 22,000 H-2B visas, with 6,000 of those visas being earmarked for workers from Northern Triangle countries (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). According to DHS, employers wishing to obtain workers through this visa release will have to conduct additional advertising, and explain how their businesses will suffer without these workers. Congress granted DHS the ability to release far more visas, north of 69,000, although only 22,000 are being released. This relief does not include a permanent change to the temporary visa program which is consistently oversubscribed.

DHS Announces 22,000 Additional H-2B Visas

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Amy Jill Novak, Mountain West Practice Director of Green and Spiegel, at (970) 306-6476 or amy@novaklawoffice.com. Our firm is monitoring this situation closely and will continue to update our blog and provide E-Alerts to advise on the latest developments. 

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