Department of Homeland Security Announces 20,000 Additional H-2B Visas

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On January 27, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would grant an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year. DHS stated that the additional visas will help U.S. employers that are facing irreparable harm if they are unable to hire more workers on or before March 31, 2022. "We are providing employers with the resources and support needed to sustain their businesses while expanding lawful pathways to the United States," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. According to the DHS, these additional visas will be available to employers beginning today, January 28, 2022. 13,500 of the visas are available to returning workers who received an H-2B visa, or were otherwise granted H-2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years. The remaining 6,500 visas are for individuals from Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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