Delmarva blue crab industries might be able to hire more workers from outside the U.S. starting this spring. This as local industries cannot find enough US citizens willing to do the work.
The industry has claimed that a lack of foreign workers have left some boats and processing plants understaffed.
The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce it’s making 45,000 more H2-B visas available.
The visa “allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs”.
Watermen and crab industry leaders gathered last March inside a picking house on Hooper’s Island in rural Dorchester County, MD, to plea for the Trump administration to release 64,000 more visas, the limit set by Congress on how many can be added.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has temporarily raised the cap by as many as 30,000 workers in recent years to help meet business’ demands.