Yesterday, The New York Times published an article describing the effects of the H-2B visa shortage on hotels, restaurants, and other business that rely on foreign nationals to fill seasonal positions.
H-2B is a non-immigrant visa category allowing for the admission of workers from certain countries to perform temporary non-agricultural work in the United States.
The H-2B is popular in the hospitality industry, especially in tourist areas at peak season. The New York Times article specifically discusses the impact of the shortage on business on Michigan’s Mackinac Island.
Congress has also given the homeland security secretary, John F. Kelly, the authority to release more visas, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers urged him in a May 12 letter to do so swiftly.