Release of H2B Visas Is Announced
A large allotment of H-2B work visas was announced by Rep. Bill Keating’s office last Thursday, easing some of the uncertainty among Island business owners about the summer work force, especially for returning workers.
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Scramble for Summer Workers Is in Full Swing
A summer of uncertainty looms for Island business owners in their annual scramble to hire staff — especially foreign workers.
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Changing Immigration Policies Could Reopen Summer Workforce Visas
A changing climate around immigration policy under the Biden administration is reopening opportunities for the Island’s vital summer workforce.
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Freeze on Foreign Worker Visas Compounds Island Business Worries
Will Sennott
The decision by the Trump administration to extend a freeze on temporary work visas has dealt another blow to Island business owners.
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Federal Government to Raise Cap on H2B Visas
Noah Asimow
The newly-available 30,000 visas will be earmarked specifically for returning workers, meaning those who have previously used the visas to work in the United States.
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H2-B Visa Changes Lead to Summer Labor Shortage
Holly Pretsky
Several Island hotels are facing a labor shortage this summer due to changes in how seasonal work visas are distributed.
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H-2B Visa Cap Could Create Shortage of Summer Workers
Heather Hamacek

A cap on visas for workers from foreign countries has some Vineyard employers scrambling to fill jobs before the summer.

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Foreign Visa Workers Fill Unmet Demand for Summer Labor, But Trend May Be Changing
Felipe Cabrera

It’s that time of year when seasonal businesses are taking down the shutters and the summer workforce is beginning to arrive.

In recent years Eastern Europeans and Jamaicans have been filling a growing share of summer jobs. Foreign workers wait tables, greet guests, pour beers, make hotel beds, bake peanut brittle and fudge, serve lobster rolls and fry quesadillas. About 5,000 people come to the Island to work each year, according to a recent Martha’s Vineyard Commission report on housing needs.

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Summer Visa Changes Will Leave Vineyarders Short on Foreign Help
MANDY LOCKE

Summer Visa Changes Will Leave Vineyarders Short on Foreign Help

By MANDY LOCKE

For the last two summers, Stanimir Vasilev hauled Vineyard tourists back and forth across Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, practicing his English as visitors stepped aboard the purple and white Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) bus. Mr. Vasilev came to the Vineyard early and stayed late - as did hundreds of other Bulgarians arriving each summer to help Island businesses through the busy tourist season.

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Merchants Forecast Employee Shortfall Due to Visa Limits
James Kinsella

Merchants Forecast Employee Shortfall Due to Visa Limits

By JAMES KINSELLA

In recent years, 35 Jamaicans have made their way north at the start of each summer season to work at the Harbor View Hotel and the Kelley House in Edgartown.

"They have become like family," general manager Dick McAuliffe said of the workers, who tended to return year after year.

This summer, however, the Jamaicans are not likely to return to the Edgartown hotels - or anywhere else in the United States.

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