2018 Budget Bill includes H-2B Cap Relief

This week, Congressional leaders agreed to include language in the 2018 budget bill that authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to issue additional H-2B visas. The National Association of Landscape Professionals said the language is identical to what was approved last year and grants discretion to the Secretary to issue additional visas up to the historic maximum number that were issued in a single year when a returning worker exemption was in place. 

NALP and other Workforce Coalition members spent several weeks advocating for the language to be included in the bill. According to NALP, “champions on Capitol Hill have indicated that they will quickly urge DHS to act expeditiously on the matter. We will keep members informed on next steps for engagement.”

“We were able to get basically the same language we had last year, which provides the Department of Homeland Security to issue additional visas if they think they are warranted,” said Paul Mendelsohn, NALP’s director of government affairs. “I think the fact that we were able to get any relief language in the omnibus is a recognition of the members of Congress that this is an important issue. So, the secretary can authorize up to the maximum amount that was issued last year, which is somewhere in the vicinity of 60,000 additional visas theoretically possible.”

 

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Source: Lawn & Landscape Magazine, March 23, 2018

Authors: Megan Smalley and Lauren Rathmell