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H2-B visas may allow non-skilled workers to stay longer

South Carolina employers may be interested in learning that the federal government might start approving an increasing number of H2-B visas. H2-B visas allow companies to hire non-skilled employees to work in various industries other than farming and agriculture.

The move to extend the number of H2-B visas is currently pending as a part of the spending bill, which is in the House of Representatives. If it passes, it would help employers who have jobs they have a difficult time filling with U.S. workers. In 2014, Texas employers asked the Department of Labor for permission to hire more than 14,000 non-skilled workers through the H2-B program. Many of the positions were for landscaping and groundskeeping.

After an employer sends a petition to the Department of Labor, the agency certifies it and sends it on to the Department of Homeland Security. That agency then conducts its own investigation and doesn't approve all of the petitions. Besides landscaping, other hard-to-fill jobs include fish and poultry trimmers, hotel maids, youth soccer coaches, construction laborers, amusement attendants and nonfarm animal caretakers.

Employers who have a number of jobs that they have a difficult time filling may want to consult with an immigration and naturalization attorney about applying for the H2-B visa program. Business immigration can fill a vital need and help a business's bottom line. An attorney may help the client complete the applications and gather all of the needed supporting documents. Employers will need to be able to demonstrate that finding qualifiedU.S. workers for the positions they are seeking to have filled is very difficult.

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