BY: Citizens Count
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has written a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and federal labor department officials asking them to raise the number of visas granted for seasonal workers.
Businesses file for H-2B visas to fill their temporary work needs. Businesses must show there are not sufficient U.S. workers capable of performing the temporary services or labor. This year, those applications exceeded a Congressionally-imposed cap on the number of visas offered. A lottery will be held to determine which businesses get the visas.
That's a development that worries Sununu and other state officials.
“With the recent change to a visa lottery system, many businesses will be unable to secure the seasonal workforce that they need, forcing them to take such measures as to turn away contracts and agreements totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue,” Sununu wrote in his letter.
Critics counter that companies looking for foreign worker visas are often filling low-skilled jobs, and should therefore be doing more to find American citizen workers or to attract more local workers to the market.
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