Amid concerns of immigration restriction and difficulties, the U.S. Government has cleared the way for additional foreign workers to enter the country under temporary seasonal worker visas. This action was taken due to findings by federal officials that showed a lack of qualified American workers willing to perform certain temporary non-agricultural jobs. Because a lack of such workers may cause irreparable harm to some businesses, the federal government has approved of an additional 15,000 temporary seasonal worker visas.
Details of Temporary Seasonal Worker Visas
Temporary worker visas apply to non-agricultural jobs that are seasonally dependent. For example, businesses such as resorts, landscaping companies, and seafood harvesters and processors require additional workers during certain months. Frequently, it is difficult to find American workers who are both qualified and willing to do the work necessary, with temporary work visas giving incentive to foreign workers to do the work instead. Without these workers, these businesses would lose substantial revenue.
Dangers of Employer Abuse for Temporary Seasonal Workers
While the expansion has provided many hoping to immigrate to the U.S. with a new opportunity, it also brings concerns about workplace abuse of authority to light. The Director of Homeland Security John Kelly, who made the statement declaring this visa expansion, acknowledged this issue, saying that many temporary workers who come to the U.S. are “victimized.”
It is important for workers to be aware of the signs of employer fraud. Indicators of such fraud include:
- Not being paid the wage certified on the Labor Condition Application (LCA).
- There is a wage disparity between the recently-immigrated worker and other workers performing similar duties.
- Being given duties not specified in the worker visa petition.
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous employers who are all too ready to take advantage of immigrant workers throughout the United States. Workers, especially those on temporary employment visas, should always be aware of these signs to ensure that their rights are not being infringed.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Fight for the Rights of Immigrant Workers
The Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. are dedicated to fighting injustice to immigrant workers. If you are an immigrant in Philadelphia and you need representation, call us today at 215-925-4435 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation. From our Philadelphia office, we represent individuals and their families throughout the Delaware Valley.