Will you help us finish strong to secure a 2020 fix for H-2B?
We are down to the wire, with the Department of Homeland Security soon expected to announce a final decision regarding supplemental H-2B visas for the 2020 fiscal year. Demand for these visas in the landscape sector and other seasonal employment is more than three times the number of visas currently available. This will lead to a spring season labor disaster for horticulture unless DHS acts to release the largest possible number of visas.
On February 21, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering up to an additional 45,000 supplemental H-2B visas for fiscal year 2020. The article does state that these are preliminary numbers and not final. However, the article also reported that the visas could be released in two batches: the first 20,000 would be for April 1 start dates, with the remainder held for jobs starting June 1 or later. This is deeply concerning, since the April 1 demand for visas far exceeds demand for positions starting in June or later.
Please reach out to your Senators and Representative in the House to ask them to weigh in with DHS immediately, urging that they release the maximum number of visas allowed, and in any event not less than 45,000. And, that the majority of visas be made available immediately, reserving only a small number for post-June employment needs.
This is likely the last H-2B grassroots push for 2020 season visas; thank you for your help at this critical time!