Trump Administration to Increase Cap for Seasonal Workers in US

Up to 45,000 seasonal workers are planned to return to work in the US this summer, raising the cap to its highest level, the White House administration has revealed.

Within the temporary work visas in the US, H-2B visas for specific industries allows 66,000 international workers to work in the US per fiscal year.

Even though the cap for foreign labourers is 66,000 visas, the cap for 2017 and 2018 was raised only for 15,000 visas more.

According to the statistics provided by “Statista” the total cap for 2017 was 83,600, while in 2018 was a slight increase in the number of visas with 83,774 visas. Compared to the previous years, in 2019 the cap was doubled bringing the number to 96,000 visas, VisaGuide.World reports.

An unnamed administration official has pointed out that Trump’s plan to raise the cap level had to be introduced last week by the Department of Homeland Security.

But, according to a DHS spokesperson, there is no decision on the issue yet.

“Any numbers reported on at this time are being pushed to press by junior staff who are not privy to all of the discussions taking place,” the Department of Homeland Security said regarding the issue. 

However, if this plan comes into force, 20,000 visas are expected to be available immediately, while companies will be eligible to apply for the rest from June 1, 2020.

While the number of overseas workers can help the US economy to develop,  President Trump is being “criticized” as his main electoral pledge was to reduce immigration to the US. However, critics say that increasing  H-2B visas cap number is quite the contrary. 

“I can’t wrap my head around why some Republican senators and administration officials are urging President Trump to embrace a guest-worker expansion in an election year,”  RJ Hauman, the government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform declared about the issue of the number of immigrants.

H-2B visa was created in a bid to fill the gaps in jobs in the US by bringing temporary foreign employees to work in different industries such as hospitality, cruise ships, resorts and theme parks, construction, ski resorts, landscaping, restaurants and bars etc.

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