‘Why don’t they just get legal?’: State of the law

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‘Why don’t they just get legal?’: State of the law

Wait for visa often takes more than dozen years
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Work visas by the numbers

There are various categories of temporary work visas that cover everything from farm laborers to fashion models.
Most categories have caps that limit how many visas of a particular type can be issued. For instance, a cap imposed several years ago on H-2B visas, which cover temporary non-agricultural workers, sent ski resorts around the country scrambling.
The current limit on that category is 66,000, said Tim Counts, spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Durango Mountain Resort has used another category, J visas, which are available to exchange visitors, to fill some of its temporary positions.
For temporary agricultural workers, there is no cap, but employers must show that U.S. workers are not available for the jobs and that wages and working conditions meet regional standards.
The period of stay is less than a year but, in some cases, can be extended up to three years.
Last year, 6,690 visas were issued for temporary agricultural workers.

‘Why don’t they just get legal?’: State of the law

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