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H-2B Visa Expansion Does Aquatics Industry Little Good| Aquatics International Magazine 

Posted by | August 7, 2017 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Lifeguards, Uncategorized, Water Safety

The federal government is making 15,000 more foreign workers available to employers, but pool managers likely won’t benefit.

By Nate Traylor

The Dept. of Homeland Security recently raised the number of H-2B visas from 66,000 to 81,000 this fiscal year, deepening the talent pool for U.S. employers in need of seasonal workers. But with swim season winding down, pool management firms say it’s too late in the game to benefit.“There wouldn’t be any employees who’d want to come here for just a month,” said the representative of a pool management company who wished to remain anonymous. (These firms often speak on the condition of anonymity, citing concerns about competition.)That echoes the sentiments of many other seasonal industries that feel the expansion is well intended but ill-timed. The program permits non-skilled, non-agricultural foreign laborers to work short-term in seasonal industries, and it can take up to 90 days for applications to be approved. Read More…

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