Labor Shortage: Will Additional Seasonal Visas Help?

The United States is in the midst of a significant labor shortage. In response to the growing demand for labor, the U.S. government recently announced it will expand the number of H-2B visas available for seasonal workers this winter. Although the announcement is hailed by some as necessary, critics suggest the response may be insufficient to meet growing demand.

The Modern Labor Shortage

Following the economic turmoil spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy faces an unusual set of circumstances: instead of a lack of jobs, there is a lack of workers to fill available positions. Experts attribute the labor shortage to a number of potential causes, but some suggest a lack of immigrant labor is at least partially to blame. Due to lengthy processing times for immigration applications, foreign born workers ho