The following information regarding the H-2B program was published by the Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA). If you are a H-2B employer, employee, or general supporter of the the H-2B program, please consider joining the SEA
Cap Not Met Yet
The first half cap has not been met although we expect it to be met soon. We continue to project the cap will be met around October 1st, a month earlier than last year. We estimate the date of need cutoff to be sometime around the middle of November.
Over the next two weeks, we have several important meetings with the administration. We hope to have additional clarity regarding if there is a possibility the administration may release additional visas towards the first half cap.
Ask Your Senator to Cosponsor the Graham Manchin Bill
On July 22nd, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduced S.2443, along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) as an original cosponsor. The bill has become commonly known as the “Graham Manchin Bill.” The bill would move approximately 60% of the current demand on the H-2B program to the uncapped H-2A program by:
- Modernizing the definition of H-2A nonimmigrant to include aliens engaged in seafood processing, horticultural commodities, and the care of horses;
- Shifting the entirety of the landscaping occupation into the uncapped H-2A program.
The Senate has the opportunity to include immigration provisions in reconciliation and we are urging them to include the Graham Manchin Bill. It is critical we secure the support of key members of the U.S. Senate, specifically members of the Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee and DHS Appropriations Subcommittee.
TAKE ACTION: Ask your Senator to cosponsor S.2443, the “Graham Manchin Bill” and modernize the H-2A Program!