Lawmakers, Businesses Say Worker Visa Restrictions May Harm Tourism Industry

Posted on: 18 Mar 2017  |   Tags: immigration , latest , News , USA , visa ,

Holiday hot spots in the country are gearing up for something of a tough year.

Not because they won’t have the regular inflow of visitors they usually have, but because the staff of the resorts won’t come into work.

The reaffirming of the current limitation on permits for impermanent employees has some sectors of the industry foreseeing a period of disaster on the horizon. Owners of beach resorts across the country say the influx of tourists changes the area into a lively show of ocean beauty in the summer.

And this drives in a lot of foreign employees.

“A lot of the females that have served here are nationals Jamaica. They usually come in, get employed and purchase a lot of commodities that they take back home with them to Jamaica.

They do this annually,” a beach owner. The prospects are not so bright for their coming back.

A limitation will soon be enforced on the amount of temporary work permit that can be issued out to foreigners under the new H-2B scheme. The plan is responsible for the accommodation of low-level menial jobs that hiring companies can easily afford to pay for.

The project can accommodate around 66,000 work permits annually, and in some years, it has been able to accommodate even more. But this year seems to be an exception; only around 11,000 could be accepted. States in the south of the country such as Florida already have covered employees, but a lot of holiday spots with different seasons won’t get into the line available.

A beach resort owner, Diment disclosed that there is a high chance of shutting down her business on Beachmere, cancel all bookings and maybe let go of some workers.

“If I have to remove around 20 rooms from the list of rooms we have available, then I don’t think I need up to around five persons in our maintenance unit, do I?

Do I require around eight persons at the reception stand? Not only would that have an effect on my clients that spend the night here, but it has the potential to affect our business as a hotel in general and our capability to remain in a business like everyone else,” she told reporters.

Those worries have received the audience of a union of united states senators, which includes the Maine Republican Susan Collins. The senators want a revision of the H-2B scheme to make sure that all permits that are available are given out to intending workers.

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