1/24/2019 – Utah Congressman John Curtis made a push to increase the amount of temporary guest worker visas issued in the United States. Curtis joined a bipartisan group in sending a letter to Congress for a cap relief in the H-2B visas which currently allows 66 thousand permits a year.
The letter read in part:
“Our work has had one goal: to provide the appropriate amount of non-immigrant, temporary works needed to supplement our American workforce and sustain our economy,” they wrote. “Continuing with the status quo of failing to reform the H-2B program will only result in more closures or scale backs for these businesses. In any agreement to end the current partial laps in government funding, we owe our constituents, and seasonal business owners relying on this vital program a thoughtful and lasting legislative solution for the H-2B visa shortage.”
Curtis said dozens of companies have reached out to him about their struggle to hire enough workers to meet the demands for their services. He says with Utah’s unemployment rate at a historic low, there is a labor shortage that H-2B can fix.