Bordallo says there might be a shortage of workers.
Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo wrote to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expressing her concerns with the increasing number of denials that local businesses are encountering when renewing H-visa applications.
In a release, Bordallo requested that USCIS provide clarification on its denial process and why there is an increase in H-1 and H-2 visa renewal denials. In a letter from Bordallo to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, Bordallo stated that there is a shortage of nurses on Guam that require providers to rely on the H-2B visa program. Furthermore, she noted that the anticipated military construction workload will require H-2B workers. In 2008, Congress separated Guam and the CNMI’s H-2B visa quote from the national quota, which was extended at the end of 2014. Bordallo said ultimately, these denials could adversely impact our economy, the delivery of health care, and anticipated construction related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. She said she will continue to work with USCIS to address this problem to ensure that Guam’s businesses have an adequate workforce.