US to make 30,000 more visas available for seasonal workers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration is making 30,000 more temporary visas available for seasonal work through the end of September.

According to a copy of the rule obtained by The Associated Press, only those foreign workers who have held such visas over the last three fiscal years are eligible. Typically the work involves picking crabs, shucking oysters or hotel work. The visas become available when the rule is published in the Federal Register, likely Wednesday.

The number of visas is capped at 66,000 — some lawmakers say that’s badly outdated. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 49 years . Some employers can’t find workers and need seasonal labor.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the additional visas are a temporary fix. He urged Congress to pursue a longer-term fix.