US to grant more visas for seasonal workers, offering good news to Cape Cod and Islands

The Department of Homeland Security is allocating an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for foreign seasonal workers, the agency announced Friday, granting some relief to businesses on Cape Cod and other tourist destinations that can’t find enough Americans to cook and clean, and fill other low-wage jobs during the summer season.

Access to foreign labor has become a major issue for seasonal businesses that have for years struggled with severe worker shortages. And even with the additional visas announced Friday, Cape and Islands employers say there will not be enough to go around and predict they will again begin the high season shorthanded.

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