Prime News, International, Washington DC, July 18:- The US government has announced an increase of 15,000 additional visas for temporary non-agricultural workers under the H-2B programme for this fiscal year.
According to the Departments of Homeland Security, to qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B non-immigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.
After consulting with Secretary of Labour Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly determined there are not enough qualified and willing US workers available to perform temporary non-agricultural labour to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in FY 2017.
The development comes as US President Donald Trump has declared this week as “Made In America” week and vowed to stand up for the US workers.
“Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses at risk of significant harm due to a lack of available seasonal workers,” said DHS Secretary John Kelly. “As a demonstration of the Administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.”
The H-2B Temporary Non-agricultural Worker programme was designed to serve US businesses unable to find a sufficient number of qualified US workers to perform non-agricultural work of a temporary nature.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)