Cape Businesses Cautiously Optimistic About New H2B Visa Allocation

Jul 19, 2017

Credit Alecia Orsini, WCAI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it will issue 15-thousand more visas for temporary foreign workers.

Cape business owners and advocates are cautiously optimistic about the news of the so-called H2B visas. Many did not get enough workers to fill jobs for the current summer season because the original visa cap was reached last spring. There are a few potential hiccups—one is that employers must prove their business faces “irreparable harm” if they cannot hire more workers. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with Chris Adams of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to better understand if, and how much, the visas will help the region's businesses.