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H-2B

H-2B Workforce Coalition Seeking Your Stories

NALP and our partners in the H-2B Workforce Coalition are working to educate Congress and the administration on the importance of H-2B cap-relief. This effort is particularly important right now as we advocate for the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security to issue much needed additional work visas. Right now, we are looking for your help […]

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Trump Supports H-2B During Weekend Rally

At a weekend rally in Washington Michigan, President Trump made comments in support of the H-2B guest worker program. The occasion marked the first time that he has made public comments about H-2B since becoming President. It is unknown how this will impact the timeline for 2018 cap-relief. In March, Congress granted Department of Homeland […]

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Congressional Hearings Include H-2B Questions

Congressional hearings last week offered the first opportunity for members of Congress to seek answers regarding how quickly the administration is likely to act on their authority to authorize additional H-2B visas. Both the Senate and House held Appropriation Subcommittee meetings that featured testimony from the two Secretaries with jurisdictional oversight of the H-2B program. […]

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President Signs Omnibus Bill that Includes H-2B Cap-Relief Language

Last week, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Omnibus budget bill. Included in that measure was language that COULD provide substantive cap-relief for this year. We say could because the language agreed to by Congress is the same language that they settled upon last year; the cap-relief language grants discretion to the Secretary of […]

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H-2B Action Needed: It's Not Too Late!

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security added insult to injury when they unexpectedly announced that they had secretly conducted a lottery to determine which H-2B applicants would receive their workers. This unprecedented move is devastating and adds further confusion to what is already an extremely problematic situation.

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Seasonal Labor Crisis Looms Large

Last week, many NALP members received devastating news. They were informed by the Department of Labor that they would not receive the H-2B workers they were counting on. This year, due to an unprecedented volume of applications, over 60% of seasonal businesses were unsuccessful in getting workers through the H-2B program. The pending seasonal labor […]

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NALP Leaders Meet with DHS

Last week, a group of NALP leaders and other stakeholders met with senior staff at DHS to stress the critical need for H-2B cap relief. The meeting was the latest step in a continuing dialogue that NALP has established with key administrative personnel to call for short term cap relief as well as a permanent […]

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Help Us Tell Your H-2B Story!

NALP has secured an important meeting with a senior staff member at the Department of Homeland Security. The meeting is scheduled for early February and will allow us to further illustrate the critical role that H-2B serves in filling the workforce needs of landscape professionals and other seasonal employers and to voice our extreme concerns […]

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Senate Compromise Ends Shutdown

Democratic Senate leaders agreed to end the filibuster that prevented the Senate from voting on a continuing resolution to extend the 2017 budget. The compromise ends the chamber’s stalemate and, extends the current budget to February 8th. In exchange for ending the filibuster Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) promised to bring immigration and DACA bills […]

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First Half of H-2B Cap Hit

On December 21, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the 33,000 cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018 was reached on December 15. This means that with extremely limited exceptions seasonal businesses who petitioned USCIS for workers with a start date after December 15 and before April 1, will not […]

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