American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chicago Chapter

Action Alert — December 1, 2016

We have a special ACTION ALERT for everyone today!  We ask that you please take a few minutes to tell your member of Congress about the H-2B Returning Worker Exemption. 

Action Alert: Support the H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

The H-2B returning worker exemption provides important relief from the annual cap on H-2B visas by exempting an H-2B worker from the current fiscal year’s cap if they have worked for the petitioning employer during the previous three years.  This provision which was in effect until September 30, 2016, should be reinstated by Congress in the continuing resolution (CR), which must be passed by December 9, 2016 to keep the federal government running.  The CR is expected to run through the end of March 2017.

Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to reach out to their party leaders to support the inclusion of the H-2B returning worker exemption into the CR before December 9th.  Also, make sure to provide any client examples that illustrate:

·         How the H-2B visa program has helped your clients’ businesses succeed, contribute to the economy, and benefit American workers; and/or

·         Problems your clients have experienced as a result of being shut out of the program because the H-2B visa cap was fulfilled.

AILA also joined the H-2B Workforce Coalition in urging the House and Senate Appropriation Committee to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in this year’s CR.

·         Sign-On Letter to Senate Appropriation Committee on H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

·         Sign-On Letter to House Appropriation Committee on H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

Thank you to everyone for your help and support!