H2B Visas

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.

Freeze on Foreign Worker Visas Compounds Island Business Worries

The decision by the Trump administration to extend a freeze on temporary work visas has dealt another blow to Island business owners.

Federal Government to Raise Cap on H2B Visas

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.

H2-B Visa Changes Lead to Summer Labor Shortage

Several Island hotels are facing a labor shortage this summer due to changes in how seasonal work visas are distributed.

H-2B Visa Cap Could Create Shortage of Summer Workers

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

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

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.

With H2B Visa Gap, Vineyard Employers Scramble for Help

For 10 years, Mark Luce, innkeeper at the Dockside Inn and Oak House, has employed the same seven-member Jamaican extended family to help run his business. But this year, they won’t be coming.

Darren Morris hires the drivers for the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority. Every year he hires 15 or 20 Bulgarian workers to drive buses. But this year, none.

H2B Visas Vex Businessmen

Moves are afoot to use the economic stimulus package being planned by President Bush and Congress to deal with the national economic crisis, to also resolve an immigration problem which threatens to leave Island businesses without their usual supply of foreign seasonal workers.

Cong. William Delahunt is pushing the proposal to restore immigration provisions of the H2B visa scheme, which have expired as a result of the Congressional gridlock over immigration law.

Merchants Forecast Employee Shortfall Due to Visa Limits

Merchants Forecast Employee Shortfall Due to Visa Limits


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.

Summer Visa Changes Will Leave Vineyarders Short on Foreign Help

Summer Visa Changes Will Leave Vineyarders Short on Foreign Help


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.