The following is a news release from the office of Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas
For Immediate Release
H-2B policies updated to reflect San Nicolas Congressional amendment
After expanding the eligible definition for H-2B labor on Guam in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) that regulates H-2B labor has finally adopted guidance consistent with the change in law.
“After hours of meetings between your Congressional Office with dozens of policy professionals and subject matter experts in USCIS, and in further follow through with Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and USCIS Director Jaddou, we are very pleased with the policy change and guidance update that will allow for a smoother path for H-2B labor in civilian projects,” said Congressman San Nicolas.
“Specifically, the policy change includes the need for more housing as an eligible H-2B need, acknowledges the adverse impact on available labor as a result of the military buildup, and creates a process for the Guam Department of Labor to have a greater role in H-2B approval consideration, all of which will help us get more workers to bring down the cost of housing on Guam and boost our civilian construction industry,” Congressman San Nicolas added.
“We would like to thank Secretary Mayorkas, Director Jaddou, and our federal partners for working closely with our office, the Guam Department of Labor for being responsive to federal queries, and my colleagues in the Asia Pacific American Caucus and Hispanic Caucus who helped us bring these issues directly to senior leadership’s attention for action,” Congressman San Nicolas concludes.
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