More Temporary Foreign Workers To Be Allowed In U.S.


President Trump is potentially adding 45,000 spots to the seasonal worker visa program.

The U.S. allows individuals to temporarily work in the U.S. during periods of high demand. These periods are the winter and summer seasons. Companies use these visas to fill lower-skilled jobs. The sectors that utilize these visas range from the agriculture sector to resorts in the tourism sector.

The administration has made clear that these numbers have not been finalized and could be changed at any moment. If the cap were to be raised, then 20,000 additional visas would be available, and the rest of the increased allotment would have to be applied for through employers. The goal is to have these increased visas available in time for the summer.

“Any numbers reported on at this time are being pushed to press by junior staff who are not privy to all of the discussions taking place,” a representative of the Department of Homeland Security said.

Currently, the entire program has 66,000 visas available for temporary foreign workers. Each year the Department of Homeland Security is able to increase the visa cap by an additional 64,000 visas. There is bipartisan support towards further increasing the visa cap.

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