The United States government announced other 35,000 additional visas for workers non-agricultural temporary workers due to labor shortages, of which 11,500 are for citizens of Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the allocation of another 35,000 H-2B visas, that is, for temporary non-agricultural work, for the period between April 1 and September 30.
These visas”will help support American companies and expand legal avenues for workers seeking to come to the United States,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement, specifying that the measure responds “to the current demand in the labor market“.
Private companies in the United States registered the creation of 455,000 jobs in Marchespecially in the services sector, but the labor market remains severely constrained by a shortage of workers, according to a monthly survey by business services firm ADP released on Wednesday.
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The government grants 23,500 worker visas who have already received such a visa or otherwise obtained H-2B status during one of the last three fiscal years. The remaining 11,500, exempt from the return requirement, are reserved for nationals of Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Employers who hire these workers must certify in their petitions that there are not enough american workers able, willing, qualified and available to perform the temporary position for which they are looking for a foreigner.
They must also demonstrate that the employment of H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly-employed Americans.
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In January 2022, the United States already announced 20,000 H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2022.