“DHS approves more H-2B visas for foreign workers. Tillis lifts hold on Trump nominee.”


“U.S. business will be able to hire an additional 15,000 foreign workers under the H-2B visa program through the end of September, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday [July 17].

“…Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a proponent of the H-2B program, held up one of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Department of Homeland Security, hoping to pressure DHS Secretary John Kelly to reach a decision on the visa program.

“Tillis said Monday night that he would remove the hold on Lee Francis Cissna to be the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

“…Congress set the annual limit for H-2B visas at 66,000, but unlike in previous years, returning workers counted against the limit. Businesses hit the cap in March, and in May, Congress gave Kelly authority to increase the limit up to 70,000. Kelly called his decision a ‘one-time increase.’

“‘I’m encouraged that Secretary Kelly intends to provide relief to seasonal small businesses across the nation currently suffering from a lack of temporary workers. I look forward to reviewing the details of the rule,’ Tillis said in a statement released by his office.”

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