U.S. Travel Calls Increase in H-2B Visas a Big Win for Travel Industry

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U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman praised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Wednesday announcement that it will make available an additional 65,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year FY23:

“After months of vociferous advocacy from the U.S. Travel Association, this announcement—the largest ever supplemental visa release—is a lifeline for an industry whose workforce shortage tops a million open positions,” Freeman said. “This will provide the travel industry with thousands of workers ahead of the peak travel season, allowing businesses to adequately prepare for a surge in demand.”

“U.S. Travel is a vocal advocate for increasing the cap of H-2B visas, and we will continue to call on Congress to pass an exemption to the cap in FY23 and enact a permanent expansion of the H-2B program,” Freeman said. “We extend our gratitude to Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration for their swift response to such a critical workforce need and their ongoing support of the travel industry’s recovery.”

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