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Visas May Bring More Fish Trimmers to Alaska and Coaches to Connecticut

Congress may act to allow more lower-skilled temporary workers to stay in the U.S. Longer. Here's where those workers go and what they do.
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The current U.S. spending bill proposal in the House of Representatives includes plans to extend some H2-B visas, allowing more lower-skilled temporary workers to stay in the U.S. for longer.

That may help companies in Texas. Employers successfully petitioned the Department of Labor to hire about 14,195 foreign workers for jobs in the Lone Star state under the H-2B visa program in 2014, according to DOL data. That's the most of any state and more than double that of second-ranked Florida, with 6,477. After the DOL certifies visa applications, they are processed by the Department of Homeland Security and then by foreign offices of the State Department, so that not all result in hiring.