The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor announced May 16 the availability of an additional 35,000 visas for the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker program for the second half of fiscal year 2022. The visas are available to qualifying U.S. employers seeking to supplement their workforces from April 1 through Sept. 30.
The H-2B program has been used by NRCA members for many years to address their workforce needs during peak season. In January, NRCA CEO Reid Ribble sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh urging the administration to provide additional H-2B visas given the roofing industry’s significant labor shortage. NRCA commends DHS’s action because it will help more seasonal businesses, including many roofing contractors, get the workers they need to meet consumer demand in 2022.
Employers can begin petitioning for visas May 18. The 35,000 supplemental visa allocation consists of 23,500 visas available to returning workers who received an H-2B visa or were otherwise granted H-2B status during one of the past three fiscal years. The remaining 11,500 visas are reserved for individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras.
View the joint temporary final rule, which outlines the requirements employers must follow to apply for the supplemental visas; it will be published in the Federal Register May 18.