The U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security (DOL and DHS, respectively) have recently announced some new rules for the H-2B worker visa program.

These rules, which include both interim and final rules, are intended to “support our nation’s businesses and the U.S. economy by expeditiously reinstating the H-2B program and bringing certainty, stability, and continuity to the program,” according to a recent USCIS press release.

A Closer Look at the New Rules for the H-2B Program

Experienced Los Angeles immigration attorneys explain the new rules for the H-2B worker visa program. Contact us for help resolving any immigration issues.

Experienced Los Angeles immigration attorneys explain the new rules for the H-2B worker visa program. Contact us for help resolving any immigration issues.

Generally, the new rules for the H-2B worker visa program will attempt to improve the program, establish some prevailing wage methodology and strengthen protections for American workers.

More specifically, the new rules will:

  • Include several provisions regarding how employers are to expand their recruitment efforts for American workers
  • Require employers to offer work to former American employees first (rather than attempting to fill positions with foreign workers first)
  • Establish a national job registry
  • Offer some specific protections to workers when it comes to wages, working conditions and benefits
  • Establish methods for determining prevailing wages.

According to the Federal Register, while the interim rule when into effect on April 29th, “interested persons” – including employers and impacted workers – can continue to submit written comments regarding this rule to the DOL or DHS until June 29, 2015, at which time the comment period will close.

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