H-2B Processing Delays
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Posted by: Julie Hill
We are continuing to hear from many of you about processing delays at DOL and DHS that threaten your ability to get your H-2B workers on time, with significant consequences for your businesses and your workforce.
We need your help in quantifying the delays and what they mean to your business. Please consider taking a few minutes to send us a few sentences on what it means if you do not receive your H-2B workers on time. For example, if I don't have H-2B workers by April 1 (or whatever your date of need is), I will have to lay off 5 American workers, turn away a $200,000 contract, keep my hotel restaurant closed, etc. The more details you can provide the better. Please send a brief quote if possible by the close of business Friday and also identify the name of your company and the state that your business is headquartered in.
We would like to collect these quotes from diverse employers across the country and compile them into a single document that can be shared with Congress to show the systemic problems occurring with H-2B processing.
For employers that are experiencing delays, we also encourage you to share information about your situation with your Senators and Representative. Please ask for them to continue to reach out to DOL and DHS and demand that H-2B processing delays be addressed immediately.
You can reach your Senators and Representative through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues (generally the person who deals with immigration, labor or small business policy). Tell them about the issues you are facing with the program and ask them to urge DOL and DHS to immediately address these delays so that you can get your H-2B workers on time.
In the meantime, the H-2B Workforce Coalition is continuing to reach out to Congress and discuss additional oversight of DOL and DHS through letters, phone calls, appropriations hearings and other mechanisms. Your reaching out to the Hill to share your concerns will greatly enhance those efforts!