Michigan’s tourism industry may get a little relief as the result of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security move to raise the cap on the number of H-2B visas this year.
Miller Canfield immigration attorney Rebecca Mancini spoke with Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton about how employers are reacting to the news. Read Michigan Radio’s coverage of the state’s tourism industry here.
According to DHS, the H-2B program was designed to help U.S. businesses fill temporary non-agricultural positions. In Michigan, the majority of the visas are used by workers in the tourism industry, especially at businesses that are only open for the summer, such as those on Mackinac Island. The annual cap on H-2B visas had been set by Congress at 66,000.
This year, the cap was reached by March 13, leaving employers strapped to fill seasonal positions for the rest of fiscal year 2017. There will be an additional 15,000 H-2B visas available for the remainder of the fiscal year and eligible petitioners may start applying for them on July 19.