Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Arlen Specter
Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Arlen Specter

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A bipartisan group of Senators have introduced S. 388, which would extend an exemption to the cap on H-2B workers for three years. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and has 24 cosponsors. H-2B visas are given to seasonal employees in non-agricultural related fields that experience high-peak times such as amusement parks and ski resorts.

The Immigration and Nationality Act limits the number of aliens on H-2B visas in the United States to 66,000 per year, but the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act would exempt any H-2B visa holders from the previous three years from the cap.

H-2B visa holders are also allowed to bring their spouse and any unmarried children in to the United States on an H-4 visa, but H-4 visa holders are not permitted to work.

For more information on the bill, see S. 388 and our Proposed Bills Page.
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